Parent Assistance Day
NCGOP and Wake County GOP team up to assist parents, criticize union led effort to close schools during exam time
Please sign up for our special Parent Assistance Day event on May 16th at Coconut Charlie's!
As noted in the News & Observer, the North Carolina Republican Party (NCGOP) and the Wake County GOP are teaming up to assist parents during the Teacher Walkout on Wednesday, May 16th. This will be a FREE event to provide parents with an alternative for the unexpected school closure. Parents with children ages 3-12 years old are welcome to join us at Coconut Charlie's Bump and Bounce (adults must remain with kids).
"We don't believe it's wise for national teacher unions to organize a political protest and teacher walkouts during this critical exam time," said Dallas Woodhouse, Executive Director of the NCGOP. "We wanted to do something small to help parents inconvenienced by this political move."
The NCGOP and Wake GOP has reserved Coconut Charlie's for the entire day (10AM - 5PM).
The event is open to all families regardless of political affiliation. There will be two sessions, 10AM - 1PM, and 2PM - 5PM. Food will be available for purchase from Coconut Charlie's and Republican volunteers will also be staffing a study room to assist students with homework.
"Last year, North Carolina was ranked #1 in the US for fastest rising teacher pay, and we're going to be offering another raise this year. The General Assembly is working steadfastly on their teacher appreciation agenda, but we wanted to offer something today for parents to deal with this unexpected school closure." -Michele Nix, NCGOP Vice Chairman
"A Democrat Governor and Democrat lawmakers were the ones that voted to cut teacher pay and furlough teachers. Republicans are cleaning up Democrats' attacks on teachers by improving the economy and offering five straight years of teacher pay raises, including the largest in state history. That's why this decision to close school for a political rally and inconvenience parents seems so out of touch in North Carolina." -Charles Hellwig, Wake GOP Chairman
The NC Civitas Institute reported that "since 2014-15, many teachers have received average pay increases of 7.0, 2.1, 4.7 and 3.3 percent. The average salary of a teacher in North Carolina is $51,214, while according to the Census Bureau, the median household income in North Carolina in 2016 was $48,256."
“The teachers union did not stage a walk out strike, closing schools when the North Carolina Democrat Party lead by Democrat Governor Bev Perdue, cut teacher pay and furloughed teachers. But instead holds a one day strike after republicans raise teacher pay five years in a row. This is a political event and the parents are paying the price.”