Governor McCrory Convenes First Meeting of the Teacher Advisory Committee

  • November 5, 2013 • Education, • Legislation

    Raleigh, NC – Governor Pat McCrory convened the first meeting of his Teacher Advisory Committee, telling its members their work will help shape his administration’s education agenda. The meeting was held at the SAS Campus in Cary.

    Governor McCrory charged the panel to tackle substantive issues such as teacher pay, retention, teacher performance measures, testing and technology in the classroom.

    “You are not here for show,” Governor McCrory told the panel. “Your input is critical to moving education forward because you are on the frontline every day. Only you can provide classroom-based experience about what works with students and what doesn’t.”

    Governor McCrory re-established the Teacher Adivsory Committee in September 2013. The committee is made up of 24 teachers from various disciplines across the K-12 spectrum. Elizabeth Jones, an eighth grade science teacher and department chair at Roland Grise Middle School in New Hanover County, will chair the committee. Jones said in addition to teacher compensation, technology will be high on her list for reform.

    “Many of my students use smart phones and I use smart phones as a teaching tool in my class,” Jones said. “If classroom technology doesn’t become a big push in North Carolina, the digital divide could become as significant as the economic divide.”

    Governor McCrory said the committee’s work will be shared with his education advisors, the Education Cabinet, the State Board of Education and the Department of Public Instruction.