RALEIGH, N.C. — In a break with a long tradition, North Carolina’s largest public school employee organization won’t invite the state’s education superintendent to its annual convention.
The president of the North Carolina Association of Educators tells WRAL-TV the group has many reasons to not invite Superintendent Mark Johnson to its convention in March, including his support of vouchers and for-profit charter schools while remaining silent about budget cuts to public schools.
Johnson said Saturday he’s disappointed the NCAE “wants to shut out” different ideas on how to improve schools.
The NCAE’s decision comes one day after Johnson said $35,000 is a good starting salary for some young teachers.
NCAE President Mark Jewell says it’s the first time in 48 years the NCAE hasn’t invited a sitting superintendent to speak at the convention.
Information from: WRAL-TV, http://www.wral.com