Tea Party conservative Lt. Gov. Dan Forest wants North Carolina to have the highest-paid teachers in the country, and thinks wireless broadband Internet should be in a every school.
The Greensboro News-Record reports Thursday that Forest called for the ambitious goals at a small meeting of conservatives in Greensboro on Wednesday.
Raising teacher salaries wouldn’t require a tax increase, he said.
“I think there’s plenty of money in government,” he said. “We’ll figure out a way to do it.”
The newspaper quoted Forest as saying a project to bring high-speed computers to schools could happen by 2016, but raising teacher salaries could take a decade or longer.
North Carolina average teacher pay is currently ranked 46th in the country.