Lately, it seems like politics is beginning to interfere with the operation of our schools.
Our students’ safety and academic success comes first; these must always be our top priorities. But sadly, it doesn’t seem to be the priorities of everyone.
The NCAE, which includes only a small number of North Carolina’s teachers, has recently presented arbitrary and irrelevant roadblocks to opening schools, and, at the same time, has sued to end opportunity scholarships. Their recent moves seem to counter and block our top priorities: student safety and success. As our schools develop new environments that follow CDC guidelines, parents should have the option of letting their kids return to school. Our students need face-to-face instruction along with ample time for social interaction and development. Furthermore, the NCAE’s attack on opportunity scholarships is an attack on students, parents, and families everywhere. A student’s zip code should not determine which school they are required to attend. These opportunity scholarships give all students the opportunity to choose their best possible learning environment. The NCAE’s blatant political objectives are harming our educational system as we prepare for a new school year.
I have three grandchildren, all of whom are currently in or will soon be in our education system. I’m concerned for their health and safety every day, and I also want them to receive the best overall education that they can. We must all come together and work to improve these things - we can provide safe environments that let students grow and learn. We need decisive leadership. We need organization. We need common sense. These are things I’ll bring to Congress to ensure a better educational system for all children.