Hold rally for raises, funding

Hold rally for raises, funding

Burton was far from alone.

Carolynn Phillips, a middle school arts teacher from coastal Brunswick County who was named the county's Teacher of the Year for 2018, called Wednesday's protest a cry for respect from teachers whose pay ranks toward the bottom of the teacher pay scales in the 50 USA states. They have also won concrete economic gains in terms of pay rises in states like West Virginia, Oklahoma and Arizona.

Kristin Lundberg, a teacher at Rocky Mount High School, was among the contingent of Nash-Rocky Mount teachers on hand for the rally. She explains she has 35 kids in her class.

While teachers need money to survive, most say the love for educating students drew them to the profession, not the pay check.

However, over the last two decades of teaching, Burton has seen that system deteriorate.

North Carolina teachers earn an average salary of about $50,000, making them 39th in the country previous year, the National Education Association reported last month. And so there were cuts, which was to be expected, and our public schools have not rebounded from that.

North Carolina educators seem to have the public on their side. She says her classroom isn't connected to the school, and 25 years ago she was told it was supposed to be temporary. Overall funding for education. "This is a civil right issue".

As teachers left his office, Brody handed them cards with the address to a Republican legislators' website on teacher pay.

"We were very engaged with the educators, from large districts and small, from all areas of North Carolina", Pierce said.

RALEIGH -Tens of thousands of educators made their point in Raleigh on Wednesday, marching for better pay for themselves and a better education for the students.

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"That's more than a lot of people out there in the private sector are getting", Moore said.

Teachers also are known for apples, and the Triangle might soon be as well.

It is a message that has already had an impact on local politics.

Around 20,000 people from across the state are expected to march on the capital city on May 16 in the March for Students and Rally for Respect event organized by members of the North Carolina Association of Educators.

Educators and their supporters from Vance, Granville and Warren counties were among thousands who participated in Wednesday's March for Students and Rally for Respect in Raleigh, demanding better pay and more funding for public schools.

As the march started, teachers were energized and chanting "remember, remember we vote in November", while carrying signs, some of which said "money can't buy us happiness, but it can buy working technology, books, copiers and copy paper, basic school supplies, teachers and support staff, working AC units and plumbing, a way out of a second job, money to spend on our own children, and a savings for retirement". He then laid out a plan to raise taxes on corporations and those making above $200,000, giving teachers an 8% average pay increase, with some receiving raises as high as 14%.

Republican legislators have focused on increasing pay based on merit, rather than treating all teachers as if they were equally productive, he said. "It is plain and simple".

Although North Carolina educators have had some salary increases in recent last years, their wages haven't kept up with inflation: teachers' real wages have decreased by 9.4 percent since 2009 when inflation is taken into account. "We haven't had a raise, aren't going to get a raise".

As news helicopters hovered overhead and the rain began to pick up, the National Education Association vice-president, Becky Pringle, a 31-year veteran of the classroom, took to the stage.

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