Politicking In Our Schools: Olde Providence Elementary

I’ve written about Olde Providence and their penchant for politicking using school resources before and they are doing it again.
This time it is in an email blast which went out to parents on the 30th.  See below.


From: Olde Providence Elementary School <oldeprovidence.pta@cms.k12.nc.us>
Date: October 30, 2014 1:07:16 PM EDT
To: XXXXXXXXXX.net
Subject: Special Blast
Reply-To: oldeprovidence.pta@cms.k12.nc.us

Top 10 Things Olde Providence’s PTA wants you to know about the Sales Tax ReferendumThe Mecklenburg County Board of County Commissioners voted to put a proposal for a quarter-cent (one-fourth of a penny) sales tax increase on the ballot November 4.

If this passes, it will bring in about $35 million in additional revenue. 80% of this amount (about $28 million) will go to Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools with the rest going to public libraries, CPCC, and the Arts and Science Council.

Although the N.C. General Assembly gave some teachers a salary increase, it was not an across the board pay increase.
Therefore, our veteran teachers did not see much of a pay raise at all. N.C. continues to lag behind other states in terms of teacher salary.

59% of CMS employees make less than a living wage
for a family of four.

The tax increase would help increase salaries for CMS employees including teachers, custodians, bus drivers
and cafeteria workers.

The tax increase does not apply to groceries, gas or medicine.

The tax will amount to 25 cents for every $100 you spend.
That means $1 per every $400 you spend.

You cannot make a difference unless you vote on or
before November 4. The sales tax will be towards the
bottom of the ballot. It will ask if you want to vote for or
against the sales use tax.

For more information on the sales tax referendum, go to the CMS website or go to http://www.together4meck.com
There are many ways to help including sharing information
on social media, putting up a yard sign and greeting
voters at precincts.

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg School Board and the Mecklenburg PTA Council endorse the sales tax.
We support our teachers and school employees and the wonderful work they do every day for our children.
We hope you will vote FOR the sales use tax on November 4.

Please educate yourself and decide what is best for
you and your family.

About A.P. Dillon

A.P. Dillon is a freelance journalist and is currently writing at The North State Journal. She resides in the Triangle area of North Carolina. Find her on Twitter: @APDillon_
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1 Response to Politicking In Our Schools: Olde Providence Elementary

  1. Eric Johnson says:

    Beyond the minor issue (heavy sarcasm there…) of election law being violated, they are conflating issues by talking about teachers, then suddenly ALL employees with this:

    59% of CMS employees make less than a living wage for a family of four.

    The tax increase would help increase salaries for CMS employees including teachers,
    custodians, bus drivers and cafeteria workers.

    Living wage usually assumes one income working full time, ie 2080 hours per year. How many of the cafeteria workers, bus drivers, etc work full time? These are almost exclusively part time work.

    Then add many of these workers are probably NOT the bread earner of the family. They are more likely to be spouse’s or retirees earning some extra money.

    I also liked this horror statement: “N.C. continues to lag behind other states in terms of teacher salary.” NC has a cost of living that is below the US average. So, if teachers are getting paid at or just above the US average they will be paid less than many other states. But, they will come out ahead since they are enjoining a lower cost of living and lower federal income taxes.

    But, let’s not let facts get in the way…

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