|Rep. Jonathan Jordan,
fleeing an interview request in 2015
by WBTV reporter Nick Ochsner
When [Sue] Counts challenged [Rep. Jonathan Jordan] on his record on education, telling him to ask teachers whether they were satisfied about their pay, Jordan pointed out that his children attend Ashe County public schools.
"If you think I'm going to short-change education, you're crazy," he said in a raised voice.Maybe he should have pounded the table too ... to drown out the marching boots of reality.
They're marching, all right. North Carolina teachers are headed for the exits still, going to other states to find teaching jobs where politicians actually value their contribution to society.
The just-released report, “State of the Teaching Profession in North Carolina,” identifies 828 individual teachers who left NC in '15-'16 to teach in other states. This is the second highest number of NC teachers who have left in a given school year to teach in other states, and it’s the second highest percentage of teachers leaving to teach in other states since the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction started tracking the category in 2000.
Jonathan Jordan has been a lock-step Republican in Raleigh and a blatherer of misinformation in his House district, as he claims to be a great champion of public education. Teachers know better, and surely the parents of students also know better.
Quite the record, Mr. Jordan. Raise that voice and pound that table! We know what that means: you're lying.