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.”
The Charlotte Observer welcomes your comments on news of the day. The more voices engaged in conversation, the better for us all, but do keep it civil. Please refrain from profanity, obscenity, spam, name-calling or attacking others for their views.
Have a news tip? You can send it to a local news editor; email firstname.lastname@example.org to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Charlotte Observer. Read moreRead less
The Charlotte region is vast and diverse. The more voices engaged in conversation, the better for us all. The Charlotte Observer welcomes your comments on news of the day, but we ask that you keep the discourse civil.
- Do not use profanity or obscenities. And don't try to camouflage profanity with asterisks, abbreviations or other symbols or foreign phrases.
- Do not use threatening language. Talk of violence won't be tolerated.
- No racial, gender or sexual-orientation name-calling.
- Do not attack other commenters for their views. Do not libel or defame anyone or violate their privacy.
- Keep your comments succinct and stay on topic. Comments that bear no relation to the story may be deleted.
- Do not add images to your comments.
- Do not report comments as abusive simply because you disagree with them. Report them only if they violate these guidelines.
- Do not post spam or advertising of any kind.
- Do not post a comment using all capital letters.
We do not monitor each and every posting, but we reserve the right to block or delete comments that violate these rules.
You can help: Notify us of violations by hitting the "Report Abuse" link. Users who continue posting comments that violate these guidelines may, at our discretion, be blocked from submitting future comments as well.
And finally, as Mark Twain said: "Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest."
Enjoy the discussion.