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Teachers Set For Wednesday Rally

16 May, 2018, 16:10 | Author: Ted Wilson
  • Demanding respect, thousands of teachers and students swarm North Carolina capital

Teachers aren't allowed to collectively bargain or strike under state law, although organizers with the N.C. Association of Educators (NCAE) describe Wednesday's protest as a one-day rally, with a focus on the November legislative elections.

"We are extremely aware that disrupting family routines puts a burden on parents". But many teachers contend the pay is still too low.

"The hypocrisy is that they say they are supporting the students". For the past 11 years, she's worked as an elementary school music teacher in Fayetteville, a city in the southeastern part of the state near Fort Bragg.

North Carolina's education funding and teacher salaries are much-debated topics each year, especially how they compare with other states.

"Long-term salary growth is exactly what teachers need", said Moore. Wake said teachers who don't report to work Wednesday have to use leave time or a personal day or they won't get paid.

The group demands that legislators increase per-pupil spending to the national average, increase school construction for a growing state, and approve a multiyear pay raise for teachers and school support staff that raises incomes to the national average.

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"An analysis by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy finds North Carolina would have $3.5 billion more in annual revenue if lawmakers had not changed the tax system that was in place in 2013".

I am a retired teacher educator from Pennsylvania who has been concerned when my student teachers have moved to right-to-work states. Not one who has moved to your state earns a living wage on a teaching salary.

"We've been fighting in North Carolina for the last 10 years against the dismantling of our public schools", says President Bryan Proffitt. For the past 5 years, educators like him have been painstakingly organizing North Carolina, and now their efforts are bearing fruit. "The plan must also stop the flat-lining of experienced educators' pay".

Legislators' announcement comes less than a week after Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper unveiled details of his own spending plan, which includes at least a 5 percent raise for all teachers and would help the state reach the national average in teacher pay in four years, his office said.

- Increase the number of school nurses, counselors, social workers and other support personnel and expand Medicaid to improve community health. Test scores take precedence over learning through current textbooks, effective class sizes and well-maintained school buildings. With 160,429 students, it is the largest school district to cancel classes May 16. Due to projected teacher absences that "far exceed the district's ability to safely and effectively operate schools", the school board voted to make May 16 an "optional teacher workday".

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