The far-right has been engaging in a war on teachers and public education, passing legislation that makes it difficult for them to support students through issues of gender identity or sexuality, and easy for angry parents to take legal action for any perceived slight; falsely accusing schools and teachers of abusing kids by maintaining safety measures for COVID-19; and attacking the teaching of matters pertaining to racial discrimination. Now, one GOP candidate is taking a different route, saying teachers should be paid better — but that the rest of the people working in education should take pay cuts to fund it.
Kari Lake is running for Governor of Arizona, and Donald Trump has given her his endorsement. Watch below as she tells a crowd that she wants teacher pay raised, but in order to do so, she wants to cut the pay of every administrator that keeps the school system running — with the possible exception of principals.
Trump-endorsed Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake wants “cut the pay” of school administrators except “maybe” the school principal to fund raises for teachers. pic.twitter.com/c7N38vcLGB
— PatriotTakes 🇺🇸 (@patriottakes) April 25, 2022
“If you look at teachers’ pay since 1970…they really haven’t had a pay raise. The money is going to all these administrators…I think the way to stop that is to say administrators should not make more than the teachers in the classroom…except for maybe the principal. So let’s bring the teachers’ pay up and cut the pay for some of these administrators.”
No doubt teachers are past due for a pay raise, but Lake seems to just be targeting a different aspect of public school — the people who keep programs from sports, to arts, to clubs and activities running, as well as making curriculum decisions, managing records, handling budgets, allocating resources, and communicating with parents and others.
Lake also doesn’t have a track record of showing support for teachers — two of her tweets below serve as examples, when she suggested that teachers shouldn’t have a union if parents don’t have one, and that cameras should be placed in the classrooms.
"Teachers have a union, but parents don’t have a union. Kari has shown us that she’s not a politician. She cares about our education system and doing right for the children of Arizona." –@AmandaWray https://t.co/Ske58TN0Rh
— Kari Lake for AZ Governor (@KariLake) December 10, 2021
Teachers Unions demanded Police wear body cams for “accountability”— why should our Police be required to be accountable, but not government-run schools?
Zoom classes proved woke curriculum is taught.
I support curriculum accountability while protecting the privacy of students. https://t.co/UBJ8QBXDIJ
— Kari Lake for AZ Governor (@KariLake) November 27, 2021
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