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As thousands of teachers march, NC legislature opens


The state's main teacher advocacy group, the North Carolina Association of Educators, demands that legislators increase per-pupil spending to the national average in four years, increase school construction for a growing state, and approve a multiyear pay raise for teachers and school support staff that would raise incomes to the national average. He is a North Carolina Teacher Voice Fellow with the Hope Street Group, an AP Reader and the 2015-16 Onslow County Teacher of the Year.

They met with representatives Frank Iler (R-Brunswick) and Deb Butler (D-New Hanover County) to discuss the conditions inside the schools where each one teaches, hearing about the need for more school resources, specially trained school resources officers, and increased staffing to assistant with mental health issues. "Our classrooms are falling apart, the building doesn't get cleaned on a regular basis because we don't have funds to clean it". As legislators convened, the crowd could be heard chanting, "Remember, remember, we vote in November". The rally is expected to host some 15,000 teachers.

Read the release from Asheville City Schools here.

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.

"We're grossly underfunding our schools", he said.

"I got all this off the National Education Association site last night, and seeing this I had to come down", she said. "They don't know whats happening in the classroom, but they can't audit themselves".

North Carolina teachers are calling for higher pay. This plan must include restoration of compensation for advanced degrees and longevity. Teachers are photocopying assignments off the internet or from old workbooks because textbooks haven't been replenished in years, North Carolina Association of Educators President Mark Jewell said.




Cooper also went on to say that this was more than about teacher's pay. "I just feel like there's no equity across the board with public schools, which is really important to me because I want my kids to have the same opportunities that kids in other places have", she told Teen Vogue.

Senate Leader Phil Berger's office responded Monday by pointing to how the Republican-led state legislature has increased public education spending by almost $2 billion since 2011. The lawmakers spent the day in session, committees and meeting with the teacher delegations from their districts.

Students will not likely be required to make up the day, school officials said. It helps the process. She said lawmakers and state government have let teachers down by failing to equip them properly to do their job. Kentucky's governor approved a pension change that teachers had roundly rejected. The teachers have taken cues from the West Virginia, Oklahoma and Arizona strikes.

"According to the NEA, North Carolina Ranked #2 in the U.S. for fastest rising teacher pay in 2017", Republican Senator Phil Berger, president pro tempore, said in a comment on Twitter posted during the march.

The state ranks 39th in spending per student, lagging several thousand dollars behind the national average, according figures from the National Education Association. Your biggest legislative support comes from the Republican State legislature. Larry Hall, head of the N.C. Department of Military and Veterans Affairs and former leader of the Democratic caucus in the House.

"If you want good education you have to be willing to pay for it". "We stop the tax cuts that are planned". "What we did do is disclose that for new teachers", Tarte said. Lawmakers say teachers can expect a pay raise in next year's budget as well.

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