Teachers aren't allowed to collectively bargain or strike under state law, although organizers with the N.C. Association of Educators (NCAE) describe Wednesday's protest as a one-day rally, with a focus on the November legislative elections.
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"It's just my time to stand up for something", said Jill Patrick, an elementary school art teacher who plans to attend the demonstration.
The state ranks 39th in spending per student, lagging several thousand dollars behind the national average, according figures from the National Education Association.
In the Facebook post, he said these teachers are inconveniencing parents in order to increase their pay. North Carolina is now ranked 37th in the nation for average teacher pay and 39th in per-pupil spending. Kelly said her mom, a teacher's assistant in the same county, inspired her to become a teacher.
"An analysis by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy finds North Carolina would have $3.5 billion more in annual revenue if lawmakers had not changed the tax system that was in place in 2013".
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"We know we need to do more for teachers and that's why the legislature is giving the fifth consecutive pay raise in a row this year", adds Woodhouse. Not one who has moved to your state earns a living wage on a teaching salary.
Meanwhile, nearly all of the additional $2 billion the state is spending this year compared to six years ago has gone into education, including public universities and community colleges.
After witnessing successful teacher walkouts and strikes across the nation this year, educators in North Carolina are poised for their moment in the spotlight. For the past 5 years, educators like him have been painstakingly organizing North Carolina, and now their efforts are bearing fruit. Teachers have also slammed lawmakers for bypassing raises for the state's most experienced educators.
"This plan must include restoration of compensation for advanced degrees and longevity", the state teachers group said.
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- Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools. With more than 40% of instructional staff requesting leave on May 16, "We do not have enough substitute teachers and other staff to safely supervise and effectively instruct students during the school day", the district said.