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More ENC Schools Join Growing List Of Districts Closing May 16

More ENC Schools Join Growing List Of Districts Closing May 16

"This is an exciting moment, an historic moment that I believe people will be talking about for many years". He set up a camera along the route near the Old Capitol to make a time lapse photo of the march. Those districts are among at least 38 others in the state - including Pitt County Schools - that are closing.

Cooper is working to overturn Republican super-majorities in the state legislature.

Last year, North Carolina ranked 39th in the country for teacher pay, with an average of $49,970, according to a National Education Association report.

The pay increased by 4.2 percent over the previous year - the second-biggest increase in the country - and was estimated to rise an average 1.8 percent this year, the NEA said.

"It's just my time to stand up for something", said Jill Patrick, an elementary school art teacher who plans to attend the demonstration. "And I think now we are really kind of using our voices to say, 'We can't work like this in these conditions anymore and we need people in Raleigh who are going to correct this for our kids'".

"We call this life". When asked Wednesday, Berger said Republicans have "no intention" of raising taxes this year.

- Invest more in spending per student.

"This is not just about teachers".

Lee Irvin of Cary said he's sympathetic to the teachers' demands, if not their method, which is forcing the software engineer and his wife to work from home on Wednesday. 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. But not during school hours.

The movement, he said, "is the culmination of years of starving our public school system", he said.

Obama and his education secretary Arne Duncan expanded for-profit charter schools and scapegoated teachers for educational problems caused by poverty and underfunding.

Irvin said he thinks his children are receiving a lackluster education. They're flooding inboxes with news releases about how well they've treated teachers. Parents like him also are given lists of classroom supplies they're expected to buy, which Irvin considers a hidden tax. The average teacher salary this year is estimated at $50,861, almost $10,000 lower than the national average.

"According to the NEA, North Carolina Ranked #2 in the U.S. for fastest rising teacher pay in 2017", Republican Senator Phil Berger, president pro tempore, said on Twitter during the march.

Build rank-and-file committees! Prepare a nationwide strike to defend public education!

"We have 25 percent of children in our schools living in poverty", Brannon said.

North Carolina teachers want lawmakers to ensure "significant and livable raises for all educators", make schools safer, improve school buildings with a $1.9 billion Statewide School Construction Bond, and better students' health by adding more nurses, counselors, and expanding Medicaid.

Their demands are also political. "We simply won't have enough teachers in place to operate schools safely or to ensure a high-quality instructional day for students". "This will all be fruitless if we can't march these folks to the ballot box on November the 5th".

Already, as some press attention from the initial strikes fades away, some GOP state legislators are moving back to roll back wages.

Hellwig invited families to spend Wednesday at Coconut Charlie's Bump N Bounce at 7409 Six Forks Road in Raleigh. He is among legislators that point out that 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. When adjusted for inflation, N.C. teachers' salaries have decreased 9.4 percent since 2009 with teachers at the highest end of the pay scale basically flat-lined for the past few years. The revolt started with striking teachers in West Virginia, who inspired their counterparts in Oklahoma and Arizona to form picket lines of their own.

"The main reason I'm here is, I've seen the pattern over the years where I feel the current politicians in charge of the state are anti-public education", Raleigh high school teacher Bill Notarnicola told the Chicago Tribune. Miss North Carolina Victoria Huggins sang the National Anthem to open the session.