Priorities on Education

Education will be the foundation for our economic success in the High Country. It can also be a mechanism to bring us together to find common ground in this polarized time.

Learning for Life

Quality and Safety

We need to provide high quality instruction and safe facilities at all levels with options that meet the needs of all children, adolescents and adults from pre-kindergarten through our community college, and university systems. Children need early exposure and opportunities to begin learning before entering kindergarten and life-long learning will be the norm of the future.

Funding and Support

We must restore adequate funding for school staff, teachers, and professors. Competitive salaries and supportive professional work environments where teachers feel respected and appreciated are necessary to retain and recruit the best teachers, and related services staff. In addition, North Carolina educators need sufficient support for professional development and adequate teaching resources at all levels. This also means that we need to restore the salary differential for teachers who earn advanced degrees and longevity pay.

Prioritizing Excellence, Opportunity, and Innovation

Equal Access

The quality of education should not vary according to the economic wealth or limitation of our local communities, neighborhoods or counties. We need to prioritize excellence in education so that all residents of the state regardless of who they are, where they live, or what level of education they are pursuing, are given an equal chance to receive what they need from our public education system.

Critical and Creative Thinking

We need to rethink current programs that rely on high-stakes end-of-year testing, and place more emphasis and training for critical thinking skills, communication, and appropriate use of new technologies. We need policies that respect the professionalism and expertise of teachers and policies that encourage creativity and innovation in the learning environment.

Recalibrating and Reinvesting

Affordable Options

The recent cuts to higher education have contributed to the burdensome debt experienced by graduates even of our public universities. Our state’s support for higher education needs to be recalibrated and valued as an investment in our future. We need to continue to support the ease of transition from high school to community college and transfer to university for those who choose this path. Affordable trade school options need to be available to prepare our evolving and recycling workforce.

“Education will be an essential issue for our future. Investment in quality public education in North Carolina is one of the most important tasks we face because of the impact it has on all aspects of our quality of life.”  — Ben Massey

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“It’s no surprise to you to know that we probably fall in different places on some of the issues and challenges that face our state and nation. But I am absolutely committed to see people of Character and Integrity like you in the state and national legislatures.”

Wadsworth Duane (Skip) Roy, III, Registered Republican

 

 

“I believe we need individuals like you who will bring to our government an open mind and the ability to seek reasonable outcomes.”

Robert Bartlett, Registered Republican

 

 

“It takes guts, will and social commitment to have the courage to run. Your attitude of helping others, and your reasonableness in debate to ideas of others makes you what our society needs.”

Robert G. Johnson - Registered as Unaffiliated

 

 

Also endorsed by Mrs. Phyllis Goss, wife of former State Senator Steve Goss from Jefferson, who served in the NC Senate, 2007 – 2010

 

 

“I can tell you with all sincerity, that I have always seen you as a member of the North Carolina General Assembly. You have an extraordinary intuition for the legislative process, as well as the innate skill for blending the toughness of negotiation with the art of compromise.”

Randall C. Stewart, Former Member of the NC House of Representatives and Registered Democrat

 

 

"I am most happy to endorse Ben Massey for NC House Representative in the 93rd District. Ben cares about people and knows the issues that impact the lives of hard-working people in the 93rd House District—Affordable healthcare, Quality education for all, Clean air and water, Creating economic growth, and Assisting farmers. He has my enthusiastic support."

Ray Russell, the NC House, 2019 -2020

 

 

"Congrats for making the decision to run for NC district 93! Wow. And Thank You God! No one is more suitable & qualified than you, my Gentle Ben. Our country needs your knowledge & service, so much more than ever before. Good Timing, Good Man! Thanks with my Heartfelt Gratitude."

Bonnie Wooten

 

 

Also endorsed by Representative Cullie Tarlton from Blowing Rock, who served in the NC House, 2007 – 2010

 

 

 

Proudly endorsed by Progressive Turnout Project, the largest voter contact organization in the country, specifically dedicated to mobilizing the Democratic Party and defending democracy.

 

 

 

The National Association of Social Workers North Carolina Chapter (NASW-NC) Political Action for Candidate Election (PACE) committee would like to offer our endorsement of your campaign for the upcoming 2022 General Election for House District 93.

 

 

 

"I know Ben Massey from our years as physical therapists. He possesses tremendous leadership ability with success serving on both national and state organizations. Ben has integrity and the desire to serve. Our mountain counties will do well having a people-caring person like Ben representing them."

Charlotte Hanes