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If you were walking past the NC Democratic Party booth at the North Carolina State Fair this week, you would have seen a poster showing a dismal decline in teacher pay. But wait, the chart only showed figures up to 2011.
What’s happened in the last three years? Well, teacher pay has actually risen to an average of 7 percent under both a Republican majority in the legislature and a Republican governor. This information was not included in the poster.
North Carolina State Sen. Chad Barefoot sent out an email a few days ago about the discrepancy. He wrote:
But a strange thing happened when I visited the commercial building (the one with the cakes). I walked past the NC Democratic Party booth and noticed a huge chart outlining a decline in teacher pay. But something was missing – the chart ended at 2011.
I asked the person working the booth why they did not include the past few years that showed teacher pay rising again under Republican control.
They said to me, “Get out of here.”
Here’s a picture showing only the downward trend of teacher pay, which happened under a Democratic governor and Democratic state superintendent of schools.
Then on Thursday, Donna Williams, Wake County GOP Chair, shared a picture she took of a revised display. In place of the chart showing outdated figures of teacher pay was a new generic background.
Barefoot explained in his email that his initial Facebook posting of the misleading chart went viral. He suggested the response from the public was possibly the reason the Democrats took the poster down.
Sometimes political parties use misinformation to garner votes, but this degrades free elections and harms the public trust.
Images supplied by copyright owners Chad Barefoot and Donna Williams
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Tags: misinformation, NC Democratic Party, North Carolina, teacher pay
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