I think it was in 1988 that North Carolina took the $300.00 sales tax cap off of new car sales and it was a straight 3% of the trade difference. This more than doubled the tax revenue and placed an additional strain on the sales of cars and trucks. The promise was, that in return, 100% of those funds would be used on infrastructure and teachers’ salaries. The politicians lied and the teachers marched on Raleigh.
Years later the state wanted to conduct a lottery. The people of North Carolina were against it because they felt it just prayed on those that could least afford it. The state promised that if it was approved, 100% of the funds would be used for education. It was voted in, called the Education Lottery and all of the funds that had been previously allocated for education was allocated elsewhere but the politicians spent the lottery money on education. Is that a lie? I’d say yes.
The teachers have every right to march. Many of the kids who were there to learn, have now gone to charter schools. This reduces the money to the public schools plus leaves the teachers with students that have a lower average desire to learn. I wouldn’t be a teacher today for anything. They have every right to march.