NC Teachers Prepare to March on Raleigh

The Latest N. Carolina legislature opens as teachers watch

Davis said his biggest concern is the loss of instruction time right before end-of-grade testing. 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.

"We want to talk not just about compensation, but giving more resources to teachers who are asked to do so much more than teach", Phillips said after meeting lawmakers.

"We have no intention of raising taxes", Berger said.

"We had to air on the side of caution in the event we had mass call outs", Jefferies said.

So, how did we get here? If they want to come in and have a refreshment, we'll have some things set up in the lobby.

"We are now about $2,400 below the national average in how we fund our public school children", Jewell said at a news conference in Raleigh earlier this week.

"The cuts have been constant, devastating and continue to worsen", Hester said. Because they do not receive funding for facilities, buses or food, charter schools operate on leaner budgets, requiring them to weigh every spending decision.

For Mahra Whitelock, a first-grade teacher at Mineral Springs Elementary in the former tobacco town of Winston-Salem, it's not about her pay.




Since 2009, real wages for teachers have fallen by 9.4% in North Carolina.

"We found our courage in the movement from other states, but our anger is our own". The pay issue is a festering one, especially given the unhealthy obsession in our state with bubble tests, not to mention the intrusive legislative mandates constantly being dumped on schools. "We're exhausted of it, but we are in it to the end". "And that's what they got".

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

In recent days, the Republican legislators accused education leaders of using "union" tactics to galvanize teachers into Wednesday's march and rally. How unfair is it that the amount of money parents can afford to spend on a home decides the quality of a child's education? "I mean we're treated like a stepchild and we are the professionals that make the professionals". The money squandered so far this year on stock buybacks, which only benefit the richest shareholders and executives, is enough to give a $49,000 bonus to all 3.2 million full-time teachers in the USA or increase per pupil spending by more than $3,000 for each of the country's 50.7 million public school students. Many teachers wearing red were carrying signs chanting "We care! We know you are critical for the success of our schools, but we have to be willing to prioritize it and pay for it", he said.

Tuesday's legislative announcement lacked details about the teacher pay schedule, which has been oft-criticized by educators for its various plateaus. I feel uncomfortable. I shouldn't feel uncomfortable saying that teachers should be paid more.

"I am lucky to have a spouse who makes a good salary, which allows me to remain in the classroom doing the work I love".

Erik Matticola of Swansboro is a social studies teacher in Onslow County at both Swansboro High School and the Onslow Virtual Academy.

Carolynn Phillips, a middle school arts teacher from coastal Brunswick County who was named the county's Teacher of the Year for 2018, called the protest a cry for respect from teachers whose pay ranks toward the bottom of USA states. I-SS along with other districts are experiencing great difficulty in recruiting math teachers, science teachers, foreign language teachers and exceptional children's teachers. "I'm hopeful that our presence will send the message to our legislators that we're fed up with the status quo".

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