The budget just passed by the NC General Assembly eliminates retiree health benefits for teachers and all state employees hired after January 2021. What will be the impact of this major change in state employee benefits?

Guests:

Richard Rogers, Executive Director, NC Retired Governmental Employees Association

Ardis Watkins, Legislative Affairs Director, State Employees Association of North Carolina

Dr. Anthony Jackson, Superintendent, Vance County Schools

Justin Parmenter, 7th Grade Teacher, Waddell Language Academy, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

RESOURCES

EdLines:

Takeover of low-performing public schools (use classroom photo)
http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/education/article159975234.html

Drivers Ed Unchanged
http://www.reflector.com/News/2017/07/06/Driver-s-ed-remains-unchanged.html

NC joins lawsuit against Betsy DeVos
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/06/business/dealbook/massachusetts-betsy-devos-lawsuit.html?smid=tw-share&_r=0

Interview segments:

News stories on retiree health benefits elimination
http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/politics-columns-blogs/under-the-dome/article157928844.html
http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/politics-columns-blogs/under-the-dome/article159257319.html

Justin Parmenter op-ed in News & Observer “A loss of retiree health care benefit could worsen NC’s teacher shortage”
http://www.newsobserver.com/opinion/op-ed/article158500899.html

Lindsay Wagner op-ed in Asheville Citizen-Times “Eliminating benefits for future teachers won’t help NC”
http://www.citizen-times.com/story/opinion/2017/07/08/eliminating-benefits-future-teachers-help-nc/103531404/

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