Override Gov. Haley's veto of a pay raise for teachers in SC
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Override Gov. Haley's veto of a pay raise for teachers in SC

    1. Carol Jackson
    2. Petition by

      Carol Jackson

      Columbia, SC

SC teachers have not received a pay increase in 3 years. Even though the House and Senate voted to give a 2% raise this year, the governor vetoed it in her line item veto power. The SC General Assembly is returning on Tuesday, July 17, at 1:00, to consider the vetoes and will vote whether or not to override it. There must be a 2/3 majority vote in the House for it to even go to the Senate for them to discuss and vote on it, too. If you have ever been helped by a teacher, now is the time for you to stand up and stand beside teachers. Tell the House and Senate to override this veto as a gesture of gratitude to the teachers who helped you.

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    1. We did it! Mission Override accomplished!

      Carol Jackson
      Petition Organizer

      Votes were 113-1 in the House and 41-2 in the Senate. Your signatures on this petition were powerfully persuasive, and your calls and emails were overwhelming. Be proud! You were a part of something big, and your voice was heard! Thank you!

    2. Reached 3,000 signatures
    3. Last push - let's get this over 3,000 to take to the Senate Wednesday!

      Carol Jackson
      Petition Organizer

      Your voices are loud and strong, and the SC House heard you clearly today. "The sleeping giant," you were called, and I believe it. This momentum is coming at a good time because election season is upon us. Please take the time to study the issues and do not assume that a Republican is against education or that a Democrat is for it. It goes way beyond party politics and moves into issues. I know of Republicans who stand beside us in public education and Democrats who vote against us. You need to know how each candidate stands on public education, and I intend to be involved in spreading that word. Look for a new blog to start soon where I will weigh in on the people who are running this November and which ones support education and which ones are working behind the scenes to dismantle it. I am excited to be a part of this process, and I appreciate your being a part of it at this point in its infancy. You are making a difference!

    4. Reached 2,500 signatures
    5. We can hit 2,500 with your help!

      Carol Jackson
      Petition Organizer

      We aren't asking for big things. Yes, teachers, like everyone else, would like our paycheck to increase rather than decrease as it has been doing over the last few years. With no increase in base salary but increase in retirement contribution and insurance premiums, teachers are bringing home less money each year. However, this override is about more than that. It has become clear that there are many elected officials who SAY they support public education, but their actions do not show it. In fact, their actions show that they take us for granted and feel free to chip away at our foundation, while at the same time holding us accountable for higher test scores, more well-rounded young people, and better human beings. The governor vetoed a portion of the pay raise budgeted by our SC General Assembly, essentially passing that on to local School Boards. She thinks we can't see through this unfunded mandate which will result in slashed positions, programs or a local tax increase.YES WE CAN!

    6. Reached 2,000 signatures
    7. Can we hit 1,500? YES! With your help!

      Carol Jackson
      Petition Organizer

      Please post a message on your Facebook page encouraging your friends to sign the petition. Tweet the link - http://tinyurl.com/SCTeacherRaisePetition. Then email people in your contact list and ask them to sign. And don't forget to send messages to your SC Legislators with the words "Constituent message"in the subject line. Thanks for everything you are doing, and if all you did was sign this petition, then that's great, too!

    8. At 6:02 p.m. we hit the 1,000 mark! Let's keep it going!

      Carol Jackson
      Petition Organizer

      The petition asking the Legislature to override the veto on the Arts Commission has over 7,000 signatures. That means there's a whole lot more people out there who might sign ours. Keep up the encouragement by reposting the link on your Facebook pages and Twitter, as well as emailing it to everyone in your contact list. Thanks for keeping this going!

    9. Reached 1,000 signatures
    10. Let's hit 1,000 signatures by Saturday night!

      Carol Jackson
      Petition Organizer

      Your grassroots sharing is growing and building a powerful message to our Legislature. Signing it is not enough, though. Email or call your legislators and then post this link on your Facebook page. Tweet the link (the tiny url is http://tinyurl.com/SCTeacherRaisePetition ) and send it to your email contacts. I was hoping to hit 1,000 by Tuesday, but we will probably hit 1,000 by midnight Saturday, if not before. The whole list of signatures and comments will be presented to the House on Tuesday when they reconvene by my House rep, and you are a part of this. It should continue to grow through the time the Senate convenes so they can see it, too. Thank you for all of your help. Rep. Huggins told me that legislators are hearing from people in droves, and it is making a difference. That's YOU, so feel proud. When (and I BELIEVE) this passes both the House and the Senate, we will all know that we had a part in helping that to happen. KEEP IT GROWING!

    11. 48 hours and 766 signatures! We need 1,000 plus to show strength in numbers

      Carol Jackson
      Petition Organizer

      The SC Legislators will see this as an overwhelming voice of support for teachers, but even more importantly, I am hoping that teachers will begin to actively participate in state government by staying informed and contacting Legislators. The reason we've had stuff done TO us for so long is that we weren't speaking out. In a twisted way, I am grateful for this opportunity to awaken a sleeping giant. If all teachers stayed active and vocal and became watchdogs of what happens in state government that concerns us, we could hold our elected officials as accountable as they like to hold us!

    12. Reached 750 signatures
    13. In 36 hours we went from 0 to 340 signatures. Let's get 1000 by Tuesday!

      Carol Jackson
      Petition Organizer

      It encourages them to share the link with their friends in an effort to spread this as fast as possible since the SC House reconvenes on Tuesday, July 17. The House must have a 2/3 majority vote in order to pass their override to the Senate for their vote. We need voters from around the state, and around the country, to add their vote. Since Gov. Haley has national aspirations, she needs to know that she and any candidate she supports will be watched by teachers everywhere. Her nonsupport through veto of teachers might just come back and bite her.

      Find your SC Legislator and send them emails with a nicely worded message, thanking them for their support during the General Session and asking them to continue their support of teachers by voting to override the teacher salary veto.

      Sharing this every day from now (Friday) through Thiesday morning and encouraging people to take just a few minutes to do this will definitely help.

    14. Reached 250 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Anastasios Cavadias SUMMERVILLE, SC
      • about 2 years ago

      I believe that my favorite teachers who helped me out so much deserve a better pay

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    • Troy Dunbar LANCASTER, SC
      • about 2 years ago

      I am a teacher and need a raise! We should be getting paid top dollar but instead we get put under the bus every year and end up having to work two sometimes three other jobs just to make ends meet! Please give teachers the pay increase that they rightfully deserve!

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    • Stephanie Smith COLA, SC
      • about 2 years ago

      As a future teacher, I wish to may be teach in SC one day, coming back to my childhood and sometime as an adult hometown, but why should I, whr en there are so many reasons not to, including an income from teaching that is so almost in a way dis-respective towards our teachers who are the ones teaching our young, the future of our world, and this is showing that you do not even view them in enough light to give them even a small penance of a raise to help them live, when what they have now is hardly enough to live on, so why should they continue on when teachers are needed everywhere and almost every state gives a better salary and show of respect than good-ole South Carolina does!?! So tell me General Assembly and even Governor Haley Why should teachers not move or revolt or feel you don't respect and think enough of them-of the teachers of your children-to give them this penance of a raise of just only 2% raise? Especially with the lottery, why can't you give them this, with the lottery for education!!! Please if you can't or more like won't help and give them this small raise please vote for someone who will think of the teachers and of the children!!!

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    • Susan Kenerson MYRTLE BEACH, SC
      • about 2 years ago

      Teachers need a raise. We are underpaid as it is. I put in sometimes 80 hours a week. Most weeks I work 60.

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    • Darius McPhail DARLINGTON, SC
      • about 2 years ago

      Hard workers, working late hours for students, this I think they at least deserve a pay raise for all the late hours, and use of gas for students success...

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