WNC Teachers Rally In Satellite Marches


"We'd all rather be teaching today".

That illustrates legislative leaders' advantage in being able to out wait public opposition, even with state budget amendment negotiations in full swing and the expressed hope of ending the session by the Fourth of July.

Posters in hand, the group took their campaign to the streets with a march to Pack Square. And he wants to see work done to improve North Carolina's education system. "I know certainly at my school, so many young new teachers are only lasting two, three, at the max four years before they go into a new career".

House Speaker Tim Moore, R-Cleveland, and N.C. Senate leader Phil Berger, R-Rockingham, touted the website Tuesday, as well as the totality of average teacher pay rising 19 percent, or by $8,600, since 2014.

Pennington has worked at Toisnot Middle School and Jones Elementary School and is the 2011 WCS Teacher of the Year and the 2012 North Central Region Teacher of the Year.

Barbara Faulkner, a South Granville High School English teacher who makes $53,000 per year, said a house she owned went into foreclosure because she had planned her spending around a seniority-based raise plan that was stopped a decade ago.

Several teachers and Democratic legislators openly scoffed at the website as a reliable source.

NC State alum Alexandria Pitts ('15) teaches at Paw Creek Elementary School in Charlotte and is exhausted of hearing empty words of support from legislators.

The office of state Rep. Debra Conrad, R-Forsyth, had a "Welcome teachers" sign, red balloons and a desk full of teacher compensation charts and other Republican education talking points, including the GOP website.

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This afternoon, protesters will assemble on Bicentennial Plaza for the Rally for Respect, where a lineup of education leaders and other guests will offer their perspective on the state of education in North Carolina. "I said this is too many students".

Brody, a Monroe Republican, said he was referring to the National Education Association in his Facebook post. "And if she were still on this earth, you better believe she'd have that red dress of hers on and she would be here fighting for her kids". "I don't think they ever thought that we would unite like this and get schools closed across the state [to] be here".

The throng migrated nine blocks to the North Carolina General Assembly as a helicopter and a photo drone hovered overhead.

Conrad said she had supported public-school education her whole life. Dare County Schools reported eight teachers took personal days to attend the rally and one teacher took off from Perquimans Country Schools.

But make no mistake: Wednesday's march should send a powerful message to state lawmakers that things do need to change for the better. Whether they'll get more respect remains to be seen.

Conrad said she co-sponsored eight of the education bills.

Jameel Williams was among the thousands from across the state to march from the NCAE headquarters to the North Carolina State Legislative Building. "But our jobs are becoming more hard". "When they asked me today, 'Why are you going down there Mr. Smith?' I said because you need a classroom with 25 students or less". Gov. Cooper had some very inspirational words and was honest in his efforts to address teacher's concerns. "What we've tried to do is put it into play in such a way that we reward people for doing a good job", Cook said.

Administrators from Asheville City Schools and Bunbombe County Schools made the decision last week to close all schools on May 16, after a surge of time-off requests led to safety concerns and left administrators scrambling to find enough substitute teachers to fill vacated positions.