North Carolina: Teachers 'Raleigh' for Salary Increase

North Carolina: Teachers 'Raleigh' for Salary Increase

According to the National Education Association, North Carolina teachers ranked 39th in average teacher pay previous year, with an average salary of $49,970.

"When we peel back the political rhetoric on teacher pay, the facts indicate North Carolina educators received considerable gains in compensation for the incredible work they do in our schools", Moore said.

Lawmakers will be met by public school teachers marching from the headquarters of the North Carolina Association of Educators, which organized the "March for Students and Rally for Respect".

Moore told reporters the 6.2% raise represents the fifth year teacher pay has increased in North Carolina. Besides aged computer equipment at school, none of them have brought home a textbook all year, with teachers instead handing out worksheets to glue into their notebooks.

According to a post on the district's Facebook page, Wednesday will be an optional teacher workday to "allow those who wish to participate in the rally for public education in Raleigh on May 16th the flexibility to do so".

Afterward, the teachers will be able to speak with local lawmakers in their areas to demand change in connection with low wages, healthcare costs, teaching expenditures and the number of children who live in poverty. Recent marches in West Virginia, Oklahoma, Arizona and now North Carolina, all right-to-work states, confirm my worry.

Demanding respect, thousands of teachers and students swarm North Carolina capital
North Carolina teachers converge on state capitol demanding pay raise, better resources

The state's most powerful politician said legislators will listen to protesting teachers as they do any constituent. "We're grossly underfunding our schools", he said.

Berger's referring to the closure of a reported 41 North Carolina school districts-serving the majority of North Carolina's 1.5 million schoolchildren-in anticipation of large-scale teacher absences Wednesday, a point that has spurred some criticism from top Republicans.

Carolina Walker is running for N.C. Senate in District 35. They're planning to go to the May 16 protest in Raleigh together, along with at least 400 other teachers in the county and numerous parents and community supporters. "The plan must also stop the flat-lining of experienced educators' pay".

North Carolina is now ranked 37th in the United States for average teacher pay and 39th in per-pupil spending.

More than 15,000 teachers signed up to attend the rally, but it's unclear how many will take the day off and come to the march.

The NCAE says they'll wrap the day with a 3:30 p.m. rally, rain or shine, at the Bicentennial Mall across from the legislative building. The Republican-dominated legislature should expand Medicaid coverage so students and their families stay healthy, and cancel corporate tax cuts until school spending is increased, Jewell said.

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