Teacher rally should not divide us

Third grade teachers Brittney Dennis left and Sabrina Peacock

Third grade teachers Brittney Dennis left and Sabrina Peacock

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.

It depends on whom you ask.

Thousands of teachers in Raleigh, North Carolina will participate in a strike to push for increased educational funding and salary increases from the state.

CMS says North Carolina is 43rd in the nation when it comes to per-pupil expenditures.

The march is an effort to speak to legislators and hold them accountable for the next six months, and to make teachers and students their first priority, said Tim Crowley, communications manager for NCAE.

MS could be the next state to see teachers go on strike, according to analysis by the Brookings Institution.

We find it hard to blame the teachers, who have been peaceably complaining through proper channels for years.

While there is more work to be done, each year the socioeconomic diversity of our student body better reflects the strengths found in the rich diversity of our community and delivers on the mandate for N.C. charter schools to provide increased learning opportunities for those most in need.

But funding for both are on the rise.

Moore told reporters the 6.2% raise represents the fifth year teacher pay has increased in North Carolina.

Davis said his biggest concern is the loss of instruction time right before end-of-grade testing.

Representatives for the National Education Association and the North Carolina Association of Educators couldn't be immediately reached. A number of opposition events have been planned before or during the teacher's rally, hosted by the North Carolina Republican Party.

"I would really challenge any lawmaker to argue the fact that at this point, after so many cuts over so many years, that they could really make any kind of claim that they're helping public education", she said. (There is more money kicked in for higher degrees and certifications). Support staff - nurses, counselors, aides - are insufficient.

- Create a statewide school construction board to fix crumbling schools and reduce large class sizes. Teachers know the equation, though: Legislators cut taxes for corporations and wealthy citizens, which restricts (to use a kind word) the cash available for public education and salaries.

- Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools. "We support our teachers and hope that their voices will be honored as they seek to share the needs they encounter each day". Though at least 83 of the school system's 860 teachers are taking the day off, more than 160 would have to be absent for the district to cancel classes, Brown said. On the day of the march, Durham Public Schools will offer free breakfast and lunch to students at 13 schools.

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