Catch-22, Raleigh Style

“There was only one catch and that was Catch-22, which specified that a concern for one’s safety in the face of dangers that were real and immediate was the process of a rational mind. Orr was crazy and could be grounded. All he had to do was ask; and as soon as he did, he would no longer be crazy and would have to fly more missions. Orr would be crazy to fly more missions and sane if he didn’t, but if he was sane he had to fly them.” Joseph Heller, Catch-22
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According to Alex Granados of Education NC, Governor Roy Cooper is in a classic Catch-22.  Inside a single bill is a provision to help Wayne County Schools maintain control of Carver Heights Elementary and a provision to allow teachers in charter schools in the Charlotte area participate in the state health and retirement plans. 
Wayne County Schools has been trying to turn around Carver Heights, and locals oppose the state take-over. The four new charter schools are seen by some as a way to create segregated schools.  The General Assembly has already approved the creation of the schools, but the bill now on the governor’s desk would make the charter schools more attractive workplaces for prospective teachers.
If he signs the bill, he’ll disappoint someone.

It remains to be seen what the Governor will do, but he is faced with an unenviable choice. He either aides a school district desperately trying to hold onto its school, or he helps four towns separate themselves from the traditional public school system.

For a Democrat like Cooper, it is a choice without an easy answer.

 

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