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Mike Coon is a teacher, but he’s also a drummer in two bands. He has the extra jobs to supplement his teacher pay, but he says even that isn’t enough, so he’s leaving North Carolina for a teaching job in South Carolina.

Coon said, “I see education become devalued, and that’s a very dangerous thing to do to a teacher is to provide them with the idea that their job is unimportant.”

Coon says the two percent raise for teachers proposed by Governor Pat McCrory is too little too late. He says he hasn’t had a raise in about six years. He’ll be making $10,000 more a year in South Carolina.

Coon says it was a hard decision to leave family and friends, especially having to move his wife and children too. He said, “For us to just have to move away from that, it’s sad it’s heartbreaking, but I’ve got to think about my family’s future.”

Coon hopes lawmakers will tune into the needs of teachers. Otherwise, he says children will lose out. He said, “You’re setting up a system of failure, and it’s important that we all come together and decide what’s best for the children of North Carolina.”

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