North Carolina: Teachers 'Raleigh' for Salary Increase


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.

About 15,000 teachers are expected when the Republican-dominated state legislature begins its annual session.

"Our legislators have shown that they don't listen", Todd Warren, a K-5 Spanish teacher now serving as the president of the Guilford County Association of Educators told Teen Vogue.

Durham County was the first to close schools and allow teachers to attend the rally after pressure from the Durham Association of Educators.

More than three dozen school districts have chose to close classrooms, including five districts in the eastern part of the state, meaning an unplanned day off for more than two-thirds of the state's 1.5 million public school students. Recent marches in West Virginia, Oklahoma, Arizona and now North Carolina, all right-to-work states, confirm my worry. North Carolina is now ranked 37th in the nation for average teacher pay and 39th in per-pupil spending. Better pay is one of the teachers' demands, but it's hardly their only focal point. She's joining the protest in Raleigh, the state capital, because of class sizes, an decrease in the number of teachers' assistants, a general lack of resources, and inequity. "I think they're entitled to that".

In a message sent last week to Wake County school employees, the district said any employees who wanted to work Wednesday could do so. "I feel like this is something that I'm becoming more passionate about, because I'm realizing the impact that it has".

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North Carolina teachers earn an average salary of about $50,000, ranking them 39th in the country a year ago, the National Education Association reported last month. Not one who has moved to your state earns a living wage on a teaching salary. "It's been past time, but now is an opportunity to say we're going to stand with other teachers in other states", said Patrick, who teaches in Cumberland County, home to the Army's largest base at Fort Bragg.

It was then, in 2013, that the seed was planted for a grassroots education movement, Warren said.

Representatives for the National Education Association and the North Carolina Association of Educators couldn't be immediately reached. Warren said part of the reason that so many teachers plan to participate is that they've been fed up for years. "I ask that you support them in their decision to highlight the needs of their profession and your children". Over the past five years enrollment in teacher-education programs has dropped by 30 percent.

"Long-term salary growth is exactly what teachers need", said Moore. Over 18,000 N.C. teachers have recieved at least a $14,000 raise since 2014.

"I think this will represent a power shift in our state", Kelly told Teen Vogue.

"Some teachers just feel that the time has come". We've gone in and we've done our jobs.