Thousands of teachers from all across North Carolina are streaming into Raleigh to march in protest for better wages, supplies, and working conditions.
At least 15 school districts canceled classes today due to the protest, including Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, Wake County Schools, Guilford County Schools, Mooresville Graded School District, Durham Public Schools, Nash-Rocky Mount Schools, Orange County Schools, Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools, Asheville City Schools, Iredell-Statesville Schools and Cabarrus County Schools.
Here is the live video feed from today’s march in Raleigh;
According to the North Carolina Association of Educators, the protest will be focused on asking our elected officials for:
- Significant investment in per-pupil spending so our students have the resources to be successful.
- A multi-year professional pay plan for educators, education support professionals, administrators and all other school personnel. This plan must include restoration of compensation for advanced degrees and longevity. The plan must also stop the flat-lining of experienced educator’s pay.
- Investing in the health and well-being of our students and making schools safer through increased school nurses, counselors, social workers and other support personnel and expansion of Medicaid to improve the health of our communities.
- Fix our crumbling schools and large class sizes with a Statewide School Construction Bond.
- Prioritize classrooms and not corporate board rooms.
What do you think about today’s protest?