Letters to the Editor, June 4

Jun. 03, 2014 @ 12:05 PM

A scholarship vision

Few knew it, but Sue and Eddie had a vision!

In 2013, the Estate of Sue and Edward Peed, faithful members of Rose of Sharon Baptist Church, established a college scholarship for the benefit of a deserving, graduating high school senior each year. A committee of Rose of Sharon Baptist members makes the selection and the North Carolina Baptist Foundation administers the funds.

On June 8, Rose of Sharon Baptist Church recognizes the first recipient of the Sue and Edward Peed Scholarship, Lindsey Ann Fulcher. An outstanding student at Northern High School, Lindsey demonstrated academic excellence and meaningful involvement in her school, community and church. Her accomplishments and Christian character are a fitting tribute to the memory of Sue and Edward Peed. The $15,000 tuition award over four years helps Lindsey as she enters UNC Wilmington.

Congratulations to Lindsey and a big "Thanks!" to the Peeds for their vision to make a continuing investment in future generations.  

Frank Shipp

Hillsborough

Chairman, Sue and Edward Peed Scholarship Committee

Undermining public schools

Good morning, class.  We’ll start the week with a short quiz.  Question: Which word best describes the N.C. Senate’s latest salary offer to teachers?  (a) bribery, (b) coercion, (c) arrogance, (d) all of the above.

North Carolinians are accustomed to a certain amount of push and shove in our legislature, but this recent naked display of “my way or the highway” hubris sets a new gold standard.  Under the plan, experienced teachers would be eligible for a salary raise of “up to” 11 percent, but only if they gave up their tenured status; otherwise, nothing. All paid for by drastically cutting teacher aide positions, moving patients off the state Medicaid rolls and reducing the state’s contribution to the UNC system.

For whatever reasons, N.C. Republicans seem determined to undermine the traditional public schools in any way possible.  Stripping teachers of the right to tenure, which, by the way, does not protect incompetent teachers from being fired, but which does entitle any teacher faced with dismissal to a fair hearing, is a huge blow to teacher morale.  Increasing teachers’ classroom workload is another.

If you are among those few who think our traditional public schools are dismal failures, then this legislature suits you to a ‘T.’ But, if you’re among the hundreds of thousands of supporters of traditional public schools and teachers, remember an election is coming up soon.  Get out and vote to send the anti-public school crowd back to their day jobs.

Charles Murphy        

Durham

What’s the deal?

If a teacher takes the "deal" of higher salaries now for giving up protections against arbitrary firing, can she expect that they will fire all the highest-paid teachers next year?

Pat Carstensen

Durham