Offbeat Thousands of North Carolina teachers set to rally over pay

09:46  16 may  2018
09:46  16 may  2018 Source:   msn.com

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Now, according to the Facebook event, several hundreds of teachers are set to attend. “I don’t want to come across suggesting everyone strike in North Carolina ,” Ladidadi told HuffPost over the phone. “The idea is to rally people, but everyone needs to make their own decision about how their voice

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FILE - In a Monday, April 2, 2018 file photo, a crowd listens to speakers on a stage, lower right, during a teacher rally to protest low student funding at the state Capitol in Oklahoma City. Tens of thousands of North Carolina teachers are heading to North Carolina's Capitol to call for better pay. A rally on Wednesday, May 16, 2018, the day lawmakers return to the General Assembly, has closed thousands of schools in a state where teacher pay ranks 39th in the nation and where lawmakers have been fighting about how to give them raises. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In a Monday, April 2, 2018 file photo, a crowd listens to speakers on a stage, lower right, during a teacher rally to protest low student funding at the state Capitol in Oklahoma City. Tens of thousands of North Carolina teachers are heading to North Carolina's Capitol to call for better pay. A rally on Wednesday, May 16, 2018, the day lawmakers return to the General Assembly, has closed thousands of schools in a state where teacher pay ranks 39th in the nation and where lawmakers have been fighting about how to give them raises. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

RALEIGH, N.C. — Thousands of teachers are set to hit the streets of North Carolina's capital on Wednesday, determined to force a political showdown over wages and funding priorities for public school classrooms in this conservative, tax-cutting state.

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Tens of thousands gathered Saturday in the North Carolina capital of Raleigh on Saturday for what organizers are calling one of the largest civil rights rallies Most of the issues—unemployment, earned income tax credit, raising taxes to support teacher pay , and a number of other issues, support for

North Carolina ’s teachers , who make about ,000 below the national average, called off work en So many teachers have called off work on May 16 to rally for better pay that three of the state’s In the middle of an ongoing nationwide as well as state-level fight over school funding, Berger also has

As many as 15,000 teachers were expected to defy forecasts of rain for a rally in Raleigh as the Republican-dominated state legislature begins its annual session. Previous strikes, walkouts and protests in West Virginia, Arizona, Kentucky, Colorado and Oklahoma have led legislators in each state to improve pay, benefits or overall school funding.

The state's main teacher advocacy group, the North Carolina Association of Educators, demands that legislators increase per-pupil spending to the national average in four years, increase school construction for a growing state, and approve a multiyear pay raise for teachers and school support staff that would raise incomes to the national average.

More than three dozen school districts that together educate more than two-thirds of the state's 1.5 million public school students have decided to close classrooms to allow for the show of strength by the teachers and their advocacy group.

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Teachers rally outside the state capitol in Phoenix on Friday, April 27, 2018, their second day of walkouts. The teachers and students of North Carolina deserve to be provided with conditions that allow them to succeed. On Wednesday, May 16, thousands of educators from all over our state will

The North Carolina teachers , like their counterparts in Arizona, plan to rally under the #RedForEd Educators and their supporters are taking action, all over the country, it’s our turn now” said the North Carolina Association of Educators in a statement. Thousands of Colorado Teachers Walk Out.

"The fact that a million kids are not going to be in school (Wednesday) because a political organization wants to have folks come there to communicate with us or send a message" should be the day's focus, said state Senate leader Phil Berger, a Republican.

The teachers' group favors a proposal by Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper to raise salaries by stopping planned tax cuts on corporations and high-income households.

Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore made clear they have no plans to funnel more money to classrooms by postponing January's planned tax cuts, including one for what is already one of the country's lowest corporate income taxes.

"We have no intention of raising taxes," Berger said.

But with the Great Recession history and the state's financial stability restored, teachers say it's time to catch up on deferred school spending. 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.

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Teacher rallies could crop up in North Carolina , Louisiana, and Nevada. (Credit: Ralph Freso/Getty Images). As thousands of teachers in Arizona and Colorado mark their second day of walkouts Friday, there Louisiana, North Carolina , and Nevada are all experiencing disputes over education funding.

A highly anticipated announcement by North Carolina lawmakers comes as school districts have warned that they don’t have the thousands of additional The mandate, which is not funded, is set to take effect this year. Wake County closes schools May 16 so teachers can attend rally .

"We're grossly underfunding our schools," he said.

North Carolina teachers earn an average salary of about $50,000, ranking them 39th in the country last year, the National Education Association reported last month. Their 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. But the union points out that that still represents a 9.4 percent slide in real income since 2009 due to inflation.

Their demands are also political. The Republican-led legislature should expand Medicaid coverage so students and their families stay healthy, and cancel corporate tax cuts until school spending is increased, Jewell said.

Jewell said teachers don't really expect GOP lawmakers to meet all their demands, which is why they are also urging voters to not re-elect them.

"All of this will be fruitless unless we take this energy and passion to the ballot box and change those who are making the policy," Jewell said.

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