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Teachers prepare to go back to school

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Back-to-School is right around the corner for New Hanover County Students. Teachers have been getting ready for a big year, too! Teachers are getting their classrooms ready, and say they're excited about the new school year.

Tonight, teachers at Pine Valley Elementary will meet with students and parents at the first PTA meeting of the new school year.

Sometimes, the teachers are just as nervous as the students about the first day of school.
"I mean you're meeting a new person and a new family that you're going to help.", said Tim Mills who teaches at Pine Valley Elementary School "There's some nervousness with it." Other teachers say they know there will be challenges ahead.

"There's some things that you do every year and you become a well-oiled machine but then theres things theres new challenges every year that you come across.", said Pine Valley kindergarten teacher Jennifer Booher.
Many parents were surprised to see items like reams of copy paper on back to school shopping lists. The teachers say it's a sign times are tough for everyone -- including schools trying to hang on to top teachers.

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Times are tough

so to ensure that Teachers have the Governor's ear, her majesty has hired one Dawn Shepard Pope as the Governor's Teacher Adviser.

Now one would have thought the State's Secretary of Education and her Department filled that slot in providing needed counseling to the Governor on Education matters.

But no, at a time when the economy is tight and the Legislature next year will face a $3,000,000,000 deficit, she hires another employee.

You must wonder why; I certainly did.

The magic answer is in 2 parts.

Ms. Shepard Pope sits on the National Education Association Board of Directors.

Part 2, the National Education Association donated $2.2 million to the campaign to Elect Beverly Perdue Governor.

I think it's called payback; sadly, the payback is at the taxpayers' expense.

Your government at work.

Hmmm

It is seriously time to stop hiring people in a central location in Raleigh, and start putting full time employees IN THE SCHOOLS.