Alexander County Schools To Close May 16 As Local Teachers Attend Rally

Alexander County Schools To Close May 16 As Local Teachers Attend Rally

So organizers of Wednesday's march encouraged teachers to use a provision in state law that allows them to take personal leave with at least five days' advance notice - as long as a substitute is available and the teacher pays a $50 "required substitute deduction". But teachers say it's time the state increases per-pupil funding to the national average and raises teacher pay. The day will start with a march at 10 a.m. and conclude with a rally at 3:30 p.m. The objective of this event is to lobby state lawmakers to invest more in educational spending per student; create a multi-year pay plan for teachers, support staff, administrators and all other school personnel; increase the number of school nurses, counselors, social workers and other support personnel; expand Medicaid to improve community health; and create a statewide school construction bond to fix crumbling schools and reduce large class sizes.

The North Carolina Association of School Administrators sent legislators a letter Tuesday making it clear they haven't endorsed the rally.

They and their students deserve better, but will picketing the very people who can make a difference bring about the change we all want to see?

"I'm truly tickled residents are responding this way, to come Raleigh to share their concerns", Davis said. The resulting pressure led legislators in each state to improve pay, benefits or overall school funding.

Moore called the proposed 6.2% increase "a major step".

Teachers in Arizona won a 20% raise. Teachers are photocopying assignments off the internet or from old workbooks because textbooks haven't been replenished in years, North Carolina Association of Educators President Mark Jewell said. The average Tar Heel knows teachers are underpaid, aging school buildings are in a state of decay, classes are overcrowded and class supplies often come courtesy of educators' own pocketbooks.

About 15,000 teachers are expected in Raleigh on Wednesday, when the Republican-dominated state legislature begins its annual session. The average teacher salary for the 2018-19 school year will be roughly $53,600, an average $8,600 - or 19 percent - pay raise compared to the 2013-14 school year.

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.

N.C. House District 9 Rep Greg Murphy, a Republican, has himself been pleased with teacher pay.

Meanwhile, 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. I get two weeks vacation here and a week there. I do. I'd give them money to protest.

But ultimately Murphy said budgets always prove hard when it comes to making everyone happy.

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