Local educators join thousands across state in Raleigh march

Teacher rally

Teacher rally

Buoyed by the success of the West Virginia strike, teachers in Kentucky, Oklahoma and Arizona soon followed suit, closing down schools and flooding their state capitals to call for more funding.

North Carolina slashed its corporate income tax rate in 2013, reducing it from 6.9 percent to its current 3.0 percent.

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Carolynn Phillips, a middle school arts teacher from coastal Brunswick County who was named the county's Teacher of the Year for 2018, called Wednesday's protest a cry for respect from teachers whose pay ranks toward the bottom of the teacher pay scales in the 50 US states.

Administrators in each of the Tri-County school districts canceled classes Wednesday and designated it as an optional teacher workday after receiving leave requests and not being able to have a sufficient number of substitutes to cover teacher absences.

"Our students deserve better".

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Since the start of the year, Democrats in North Carolina, fueled by Democrat Roy Cooper's narrow victory over Pat McCroy in the governor's race and wins elsewhere, have grown optimistic that they can retake the state legislature, and organizers see Wednesday's protest as the opening salvo in that fight.

The office of state Rep. Debra Conrad, R-Forsyth, had a "Welcome teachers" sign, red balloons and a desk full of teacher compensation charts and other Republican education talking points, including the GOP website.

This year, the average North Carolina teacher made about $50,000, up almost 2 percent from last year but still some $9,600 short of the national average.

Concord Football Coach Marty Paxton and basketball coach Angela Morton, along with other teachers attended the rally.

"It's hard to teach when we don't have the supplies that we need, when we don't have the curriculum in place in time", Ann Simmons, an elementary school teacher in Raleigh, told WTVD-TV. Rachel Polmanteer, an eighth-grade science teacher at Wake Forest Middle School, said she must work a second job to earn money for her students' lab assignments and other hands-on activities.

Wood echoed the sentiment and said that in his district, students had gone so far as to organize voter registration rallies for seniors turning 18 this year so that they could help in the efforts to vote out incumbent politicians who vote against teachers' interests. So regardless of the party affiliation, what we are seeing from this movement is that citizens love their public schools.

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"We are on track to spend over $2 billion more on K-12 in 2018-19 than was spent in 2010-2011", he said in a Twitter post.

"Especially as a science teacher, we're looking at books that are fourteen years old, and they keep telling us, 'Oh, well you can go digital.' Well, you can't go digital when you're looking at a four-student-to-one-computer ratio", she says.

Teachers also filled a plaza outside the legislative building amid chants of "Red for Ed" backed by school marching bands.

The demands of NCAE include raising per-pupil spending and pay for teachers and support staff to the national average, and increasing school construction to match the state's population growth.

And with the state's finances stabilized after the Great Recession, teachers say it's time to catch up on deferred school spending. He said they should be paid like the professionals they are.

"We have the power to mold the future", he said. Instead, she said she was mostly at the rally to support educators like the ones who teach her children.

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Milan came closest when Juventus midfielder Blaise Matuidi almost scored an own-goal, hitting the post with a failed clearance. Juventus added a fourth thanks to an own goal from Nikola Kalinic on a thoroughly miserable night for Donnarumma and Milan .

Myers said he thinks schools need emphasis for more nurses, addressing special education needs, or helping students with anxiety attacks related to standardized testing.

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