North Carolina teachers march for more education funding

North Carolina teachers march for more education funding

"While we appreciate the efforts over the past few years by the General Assembly to support public education, we recognize there is still much work to be done on behalf of our staff and students", she said. Brittney Dennis and Sabrina Peacock are two third-grade teachers at different stages of their careers.

An afternoon teacher rally was also planned after the morning's march.

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

The teachers union, the North Carolina Association of Educators, is calling for per-student spending and teacher pay to be raised to at least the national average, and it wants lawmakers to restore funding for public schools to pre-recession levels. "Public education is the economy in North Carolina". I teach science there. There are many times that we voice our opinion, but we don't always advocate for ourselves like we should. "I don't think they ever thought that we would unite like this and get schools closed across the state [to] be here".

Charles Hellwig, chairman of the Wake County Republican Party, on Tuesday criticized the North Carolina Association of Educators.

"Some teachers just feel that the time has come".

Thousands of teachers have gathered in front of the North Carolina Legislative Building where the route of their march ends. That was years ago, many, many years ago. "And you have to take the next step of electing people who believe in these values".

Dennis: That's something I've never experienced. "I mean we're treated like a stepchild and we are the professionals that make the professionals".

Peacock: There was. No, that's no rumor. The investment also pales in comparison to the $1 billion in tax cuts the top 1 percent of North Carolinians will see in 2019. That new teachers are burned out because they don't have a mentor in their practice, and they don't have support? I think it could.

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Brumble said the group wants lawmakers to know they need more funds for building upkeep, textbooks and student resources.

"We're grossly underfunding our schools", he said. The focus will be on training members to run for office and rebuilding union structure that has been dilapidated in so many states. "While we've seen growing numbers (of teachers requesting Wednesday off) in the last week, it's not enough to close".

Peacock: Pay is important, it is very important. The senator says the legislature has been giving teachers raises, but a CMS teacher tells FOX 46 Charlotte her take home pay is actually going down. While teacher pay is rising in the state, stats published last week by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show that North Carolina is [one of the three worst states for teacher pay] (https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2018/a-look-at-teacher-pay-across-the-united-states-in-2017.htm), not far ahead of Oklahoma. Teachers have some leverage that they haven't had in the past, and I see them becoming more inclined to use it because they're exhausted of platitudes.

I actually just recently got accepted into graduate school, so I'll be starting in the fall.

"Education is a profession that needs to be respected and for so long we haven't been respected", Powell said.

Peacock: One of the things that the state did, was take away the incentive for having your master's degree.

While teacher pay is only a portion of the rally's goal, it is worth noting that teacher pay remains at 37 in the country, with teachers no longer being rewarded with tenure or raises for advanced degrees.

Dennis: I am so excited for May 16th. I think the younger generation is more likely to reach a point that they will be willing to draw a line in the sand due to their students and because politicians aren't listening. That this will be the start of teachers really moving forward, and really saying, "We need this for our kids".

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