North Carolina Teachers Just Closed Schools With A Massive Walkout

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

Avery County Schools, Burke County Schools, Lincoln County Schools and Anson County Schools still had class Wednesday. "School board chairwoman Monika Johnson-Hostler said she knows the decision may cause some hardship, but that the move is necessary".

The system recognized that some routines will be disrupted for families, and that finding child care could be a concern.

"Long-term salary growth is in fact what North Carolina teachers need, and that's exactly what they got".

Local business owner, Mike Marshall, who is a vocal advocate for teachers said, "The guarantee that goes along with being a government employee is that you have benefits and can nearly rest assured you have a job for life".

As many as 15,000 teachers from across North Carolina are expected to march, rally and meet with lawmakers Wednesday to ask for more education funding, including higher teacher salaries. The average annual salary for North Carolina teachers now remains almost $10,000 below the national average.

"It's the beginning of a six-month stretch of time to hold our legislators accountable for prioritizing corporate tax cuts instead of our classrooms", according to the North Carolina Association of Educators.

Normally, North Carolina's Republican leaders are a hard bunch to rattle.

Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger did not go into specifics, but he said that he believes all educators along the state salary scale will see pay increases of a varying nature.

She said she had been personally affected by changes to seniority pay that made her no longer eligible for annual raises.

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Following on the heels of a successful 9-day strike by West Virginia teachers, education protests in Oklahoma and Kentucky, and teacher walkouts in Arizona and Colorado, thousands of North Carolina teachers are saying they're fed up as well. And planned raises for educators this year will make five in a row since state finances rebounded from the shock of a recession a few years ago, legislators said.

But funding for both are on the rise.

"We need to keep this energy", he says.

Moore called the proposed 6.2% increase "a major step. The downside is that it might not pay as much as private sector jobs". The investment also pales in comparison to the $1 billion in tax cuts the top 1 percent of North Carolinians will see in 2019.

Another request is for the General Assembly to increase the number of school nurses, counselors, social workers and other support personnel. Well, how do you get highly-qualified teachers, and want to keep them, and not really give them advancement for having those degrees? "The plan must also stop the flat-lining of experienced educators' pay".

The North Carolina educators say their top goal is to get legislators to increase annual per-pupil funding, which is now about $9,329, according to a 2018 report by the National Education Association. Test scores take precedence over learning through current textbooks, effective class sizes and well-maintained school buildings.

Cindy Goodman is superintendent of Richmond County Schools. The funding belongs to the student, so the funding should follow the child, whether it is to a district or a charter school.

- Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools.

Johnson plans to visit Craven County Schools in the eastern part of the state on Wednesday, according to his spokesman, Drew Elliot. Our hope is that they will use this new found strength and power not just to receive more pay, but to effect meaningful and measurable improvements for the more than 1.5 million students in our state.

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