Few participants from Wilkes expected in teacher rally in Raleigh

17 May, 2018, 01:38 | Author: Nina Hammond
  • The Latest N Carolina governor speaks to thousands at rally

North Stokes teacher Nicholas Brandes, pictured at last year's commencement ceremony, shared a picture of his paycheck on social media to show how little educators are compensated in North Carolina. According to the North Carolina Association of Educators, one of the aims is to elect more pro-public education representatives in the state.

The state becomes the latest to see teachers leave schools en masse to confront state lawmakers, hoping to reverse years of budget cuts.

Wake County Public School System - the largest in the state - is among those canceling classes.

When asked about the impact the walkout and school closing could have on students and families, particularly for low-income ones, Nash said it would be hard to provide a comment due to the number of families in the CHCCS district.

"We are extremely aware that disrupting family routines puts a burden on parents". Numerous lawmakers wore red in honor of the teacher rally, and gave the teachers in the gallery a standing ovation for their service. "I don't think they ever thought that we would unite like this and get schools closed across the state [to] be here".

Local business owner, Mike Marshall, who is a vocal advocate for teachers said, "The guarantee that goes along with being a government employee is that you have benefits and can nearly rest assured you have a job for life".

North Carolina teachers now earn an average salary of about $50,000, ranking them 39th in the country a year ago, the National Education Association reported.

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

"It's the beginning of a six-month stretch of time to hold our legislators accountable for prioritizing corporate tax cuts instead of our classrooms", according to the North Carolina Association of Educators. But, North Carolina's tax system - just like every other state tax system - is upside down, meaning it captures a greater percentage of income from the poor than it does from the rich.

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Woodhouse also said his organization will release a new application Wednesday that will allow teachers and others to accurately check teacher pay.

Moore and Berger mostly pointed to Democrats for the state's dismal teacher pay, calling out teacher furloughs and salary freezes imposed shortly after a nationwide recession sank state revenues in 2008.

"They keep giving tiny raises and taking so much away from the kids", said Holdridge, who took a sober view of whether the rally would make a difference in policy. "I have another colleague who's leaving and moving to Tennessee because she said immediately, walking in the door, as a 20 year teacher, she'll make $10,000 a year more", said Jennings.

But funding for both are on the rise. They've launched a website, ncteacherraise.com, that helpfully supplies "The Truth About NC's Rising Teacher Salaries". When asked Wednesday, Berger said Republicans have "no intention" of raising taxes this year. Working conditions like those in North Carolina explain why.

- Create a multiyear pay plan for teachers, support staff, administrators and all other school personnel. "The plan must also stop the flat-lining of experienced educators' pay". Test scores take precedence over learning through current textbooks, effective class sizes and well-maintained school buildings.

Sabrina Peacock: This is my 24th year of teaching in Guilford County Schools.

Having 30 teachers out on a single day would be have a significant impact on the Currituck district, which serves about 4,100 students in 10 schools.

- Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools.

Durham and Chapel Hill-Carrboro school districts also told students not to report to school Wednesday because too many teachers would be absent, the Charlotte Observer reports.


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