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Teachers pack sack of coal for N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory

Charlotte educators plan to deliver a holiday message to Gov. Pat McCrory on Tuesday: You’ve been a bad boy this year.

Robert Corriher, a community organizer who worked with Charlotte’s “Moral Monday” protests this summer, will dress as Santa to deliver a bag of coal to McCrory’s Charlotte office at the Government Center, 600 E. Fourth St., at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Hollie Blake, a teacher assistant with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, organized coworkers to send the Christmas message, which will include rewritten Christmas carols, Corriher said.

According to a news release, McCrory is on teachers’ naughty list because the 2013-14 budget phases out tenure, cuts jobs for teacher assistants and money for instructional supplies, phases out the Teaching Fellows scholarship program, eliminates extra pay for master’s degrees and launches a voucher program to pay private-school tuition for some low-income families.

“Our hope is to energize some of the teachers who have been afraid to speak out,” Corriher said Monday.

McCrory spokesman Ryan Tronovitch countered that Blake and Corriher need a subscription to The Charlotte Observer for Christmas.

“Governor McCrory has said multiple times that he will be offering solutions, including a raise, for North Carolina’s hard working teachers,” Tronovitch said in an email.

“Unfortunately, another PR (public relations) stunt does nothing to help our hard working teachers and students.”

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