"Instead of prioritizing tax cuts for corporations and those earning more than $200,000, legislators should give real raises to all teachers". "This is an exciting moment, an historic moment that I believe people will be talking about for many years".
The sea of red marched up Fayetteville Street to the Old Capitol and then to Bicentennial Mall. He is now in his 17 year of teaching in North Carolina.
The protest was the latest in a wave of actions and strikes this year by teachers in states including West Virginia, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Arizona and Colorado who feel lawmakers have failed to adequately pay teachers and provide for schools. While the rhetoric of the Democrats may differ from the right-wing rants of Republicans like state Rep. Mark Brody, the Democrats have waged a decades-long attack on public education too. West Virginia educators got a 5% pay increase. They started in West Virginia, where a teacher strike closed the state's entire school system for almost two weeks. "We are on the right track, and I am pleased teachers will receive another raise next year. When you effect us, it effects the children".
"We have one absence request to attend the event", Lane said. I'm rambling. I'm an English teacher, it's what I do, just ask my students.
"This is not just about teachers".
"I'm here to make sure our students have what they need to have a bright future", said Tami Brantley, 51, a teacher of 26 years from Cabarrus County, on the outskirts of Charlotte.
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Lee Irvin of Cary said he's sympathetic to the teachers' demands, if not their method, which is forcing the software engineer and his wife to work from home on Wednesday. No school districts in Cook's eight-county Outer Banks region canceled classes for the rally. But not during school hours.
School officials are quick to say schools are closing; therefore, teachers are not missing work. That new teachers are burned out because they don't have a mentor in their practice, and they don't have support?
North Carolina ranks 37th in teacher pay and is below the national average, the group noted.
"The ultimate goal is to elect more pro-public education leaders in North Carolina and to have long-term, sustainable victories", they added. He says voters have to decide to back incumbents or candidates "who truly support public education".
"We have 25 percent of children in our schools living in poverty", Brannon said.
The teachers want greater in per-student spending, a multi-year pay plan for teachers and staff, more school nurses, counselors and social workers and a statewide school construction board to fix schools falling into disrepair.
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Their demands are also political.
More than 700,000 students will be impacted by Wednesday's closures, but many teacher groups and parent organizations are making arrangements to make sure children who depend on school meals are taken care of.
More than 15,000 educators and supporters are expected to rally for more funding and pay increases for teachers. "This will all be fruitless if we can't march these folks to the ballot box on November the 5th". Corporate and personal income-tax rates will drop again in January. He is among legislators that point out that nearly all of the additional $2 billion the state is spending this year compared to six years ago has gone into education, including public universities and community colleges.
His spokesman acknowledged that per-student spending and teachers' salaries, when adjusted for inflation, aren't as high as they were 10 years ago because "the state was unprepared for the national recession".
Teachers in North Carolina on Wednesday are launching a one-day walkout in the latest action in a wave of strikes in the education sector that have won significant victories in states across the USA and provided a jolt in the arm of the labor movement.
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