Monday, 21 May, 2018

As thousands of teachers march, North Carolina legislature opens

Educators filed into the General Assembly building Wednesday as lawmakers gaveled in the 2018 session View Slideshow Educators filed into the General Assembly building Wednesday as lawmakers gaveled in the 2018 session Rusty Jacobs WUNC
Kenny Thornton | 16 May, 2018, 14:20

Among the school districts across North Carolina that will close Wednesday are the Hickory Public Schools, Alexander County Schools, Buncombe County Schools and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. Teachers forced to stop class to attend to special medical needs because there's no nurse on duty. I get two weeks vacation here and a week there. I do.

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

"While I wish we had additional money to pay teachers more, I feel our teacher pay is fair in Nash County", Davis said. We petitioned the state to become the first charter school to give weighted lottery preference to economically disadvantaged families. With bipartisan support and the NCAE's backing, that effort could be supercharged, eliminating the need for state officials to take on debt by issuing construction bonds.

Teachers say there are about 60 educators from North Mecklenburg High who will attend the rally.

This week, they'll be marching with future colleagues at the state capitol in Raleigh, asking for better pay and better school funding.

"The cuts have been constant, devastating and continue to worsen", Hester said. It's a Tar Heel tradition for many trade groups to invite members to Raleigh at least once a year for meetings with state lawmakers. But she said she will be there in spirit with her fellow teachers.

Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger criticized the rally, stating that teacher strikes are illegal in North Carolina. "The General Assembly started this wave of destruction and it spread across the country as the other states saw our legislators' successful dismantling", she said. We're exhausted of the political games. "If it's a fight they want, they got it". On Wednesday May 16, 2018, Alexander County Schools will be closed for students with an optional workday for all staff.

Christine Fry of Guilford County Schools says her classroom budget worked out to $1 a student not enough to buy paper and pencils for students
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A former UNCW student who is now a teacher in Stokes County, posted a picture of his paycheck last week to bring awareness to creating fair teacher pay in North Carolina. Several schools districts have canceled classes as a result. I think the index for cost for living we're like 29th now.

"Over the past 15 years I have spent not only as an educator but also as the parent of school-age children, we have seen our state's investment in our children dwindle", Baker said. "I know part of my philosophy of teaching is to teach students to have a voice. and to be activists for what they want. The people who are there, caring, day in and day out, who love, LOVE, what they do, and who they do it for".

The legislature slashed some 7,500 teacher assistant positions, thus loading more work on the remaining teachers.

Teachers in Whiteville City Schools make a little more.

North Carolina teachers earn an average salary of about $50,000, ranking them 39th in the country past year, the National Education Association reported last month. Closing on Wednesday could mean the school would have to schedule a make-up day on a Saturday or even on Memorial Day, Brown said.

"I am a teacher".

Peacock: I'm really hoping that this will not be a one-day event. "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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