Gov. Mike Easley is going to Washington D.C. on Thursday to get some love from the nation's teachers.
Easley will receive the inaugural "America's Greatest Education Governor's Award" from the National Education Association "for his achievements in transforming North Carolina's public school system." He will get the award while receiving the cheers of 10,000 delegates at the NEA's 86th annual Representative Assembly.
It beats being in Raleigh to answer questions about the budget and his wife's overseas travel costs.
In the NEA's press release, they note "Easley's commitment to education extends from his highly successful More at Four program, the state's first academic preK program for at-risk four-year-olds, to his Learn and Earn project, which allows high school students to earn an associate's degree or two years of college credit."
While the NEA doesn't mention it there, Easley has also been active in pushing to raise teachers' pay to the national average. His latest plan to raise teachers' pay by an average of 7 percent hasn't gotten far with legislators, who are looking at a 3 percent increase.