Last year, North Carolina Republicans passed sweeping changes to the state's public education system, resulting in detrimental effects on teachers and students. The legislative package included ending teacher tenure, eliminating classroom size caps, and discontinuing salary bumps for those with master's degrees. Many teachers in the state have decried such changes, marching on the state Capitol and staging a walk-in prior to the school day. NPR recently discussed the damage this is doing to education in the Tar Heel State:
In 2013, Republicans in Arizona passed HB2305, a sweeping bill that severely restricted voting rights.
But wait a minute – they’ve changed their minds. Is it because a broad coalition of opposition groups secured enough signatures to put this law in front of voters?
Yes. But now the Arizona GOP isn’t happy.
Thirteen Republicans in the Maine Senate recently filp-flopped to sustain Governor Paul LePage's (R) veto of a bill designed to help local farmers and fishermen. LD 1254 was sponsored by Rep. Craig Hickman (D-Winthrop) and would have encouraged schools and state agencies to support local businesses by purchasing more food produced in Maine.
President Obama's State of the Union address hammered home the importance of increasing the minimum wage. State legislators across the country are already on board and have been working to pass such legislation in their respective states.