North Carolina’s education system could, once again, be the envy of the nation. In recent years, that reputation has been tarnished by short-sighted legislators.

Our teachers deserve respect, in the form of competitive salaries, updated teaching materials, and the freedom to prepare students for life instead of preparing them for standardized testing.

Our students deserve a nurturing, safe school environment. They deserve healthy lunches, clean, well-stocked classrooms, and up-to-date books and materials to learn with.