Hillside teacher among 3 invited to Cooper’s State of the State address

Hillside High School drama teacher Wendell Tabb is one of three North Carolina teachers invited to attend Gov. Roy Cooper’s State of the State address tonight.

Tabb, a 30-year veteran of the Durham Public Schools will be featured during a section of the address where Cooper will discuss experienced educators.

The other two educators are Sabrina Peacock, a North Carolina Teaching Fellow from Guilford, and Jasmine Lauer, who will be highlighted as a teacher who has spent her own money on classroom supplies.

Cooper’s budget proposal calls for 5 percent teacher raises on average this year and next, including veteran teachers left out of the last round of teacher pay raises.

He also set a goal to raise teacher pay to the national average in five years.

Cooper’s budget would also provide teachers with $150 stipends to help buy classroom materials.

Senate leader Phil Berger will deliver a Republican response to the State of the State address.

The address is scheduled to begin at 7:01 p.m. and end at 8 p.m. Monday, followed by Berger’s response.

In the Triangle, it will be carried on TV, radio and live-streaming – including on WUNC-TV, WRAL-TV, WTVD-TV,, and 91.5 FM.

Greg Childress: 919-419-6645, @gchild6645