US North Carolina teachers rally for more funds in latest U.S. school walk-out

16:42  16 may  2018
16:42  16 may  2018 Source:   reuters.com

Thousands of North Carolina teachers set to rally over pay

  Thousands of North Carolina teachers set to rally over pay Thousands of teachers are set to hit the streets of North Carolina's capital, bidding to force a political showdown over wages and funding for public school classrooms in this conservative, tax-cutting state. As many as 15,000 teachers are expected to defy forecasts of rain to gather Wednesday morning 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.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Latest on teachers rallying for higher pay and education funding in several Republican-led states across the U . S . (all times local) North Dakota. Rhode Island. South Carolina .

Teachers rally outside the state capitol in Phoenix on Friday, April 27, 2018, their second day of walkouts . Teachers in Arizona and Colorado have walked out of their classes over low salaries, the latest in a series of strikes across the This post is about why North Carolina teachers may be next.

n 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 n 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 Thousands of North Carolina teachers were expected to rally at the capitol on Wednesday for higher pay and increased education spending in a walk-out that follows similar protests from teachers in other states seeking more money for schools.

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Parents and teachers rallied today in North Carolina to participate in a “ walk in” to raise awareness about education budget cuts and low teacher salaries. Thank you for signing up. For more from The Nation, check out our latest issue.

The nationwide fight for more school funding has now swept North Carolina , where teachers are planning to skip On May 16 -- when the Legislature comes back in session -- hundreds of schools will be closed to students while teachers join the March for Students and Rally for Respect in Raleigh.

The protests are part of a wave of actions and strikes this year by teachers in states including West Virginia, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Arizona and Colorado who feel lawmakers have failed to adequately pay teachers and provide for schools.

Up to 20,000 teachers and supporters are expected to march through downtown to the Republican-dominated legislature as it goes into session, organizers said. 

At least 38 districts, representing more than half of the state’s 1.5 million public school students, canceled schools due to teacher absences, it said.

The North Carolina Association of Educators, which planned the event, is calling for per-student spending and teacher pay to be raised to at least the national average, and for lawmakers to restore funding for public schools to pre-recession levels.

Thousands of North Carolina teachers marched. Now what?

  Thousands of North Carolina teachers marched. Now what? North Carolina politicians and the public are waiting to see what happens next after thousands of teachers rallied to demand increased spending on public schools. An estimated 19,000 people marched through the state's capital city."What are you prepared to do?" the woman in the red "RESPECT public education" T-shirt shouted into the microphone Wednesday afternoon.

Teachers in Colorado forced at least one school district to close as they rallied at the capitol to call for more education funding . Based on those factors, the analysis concluded, Mississippi and North Carolina are the states most at risk for teacher strikes and protests.

North Carolina is pushing its best educators out . We have to do something. By Deborah R. Gerhardt. Protesters participate in the Moral Monday March and Interfaith Social Justice Rally in Raleigh, N . C It takes North Carolina teachers more than 15 years to earn ,000; in Virginia it may take only four.

“This is about so much more than teacher pay,” President Mark Jewell said in an interview, adding the group's long-term goal is ousting lawmakers who favor tax cuts for business at the expense of spending for education.

Republican leaders note this year’s planned salary increase of 6 percent would mark the fifth consecutive annual increase. While the state ranks 39th among states for average teacher salary in the most recent report by the National Education Association, it has seen some of the highest percent increases in recent years, they said

“Despite these facts, we know, there’s a lot of politically motivated rhetoric and misinformation out there,” Republican Senator Phil Berger, president pro tempore, said at a news conference on Tuesday.

Some Republicans criticized protesters for holding the rallies on a school day. Mark Brody, a Republican state representative from the Charlotte area, referred to organizers as “bullies and self-serving thugs” in a Facebook post.

Carolynn Phillips, teacher of the year for Brunswick County, said it is worth losing a school day for long-terms gains for the education system.

“This is nothing in comparison to what our state’s students have to gain by re-positioning education at the forefront of our priorities,” Phillips said in an interview.

(Reporting by Marti Maguire; Additional reporting by Kirk Bado in Chapel Hill, N.C.; Writing by Jon Herskovitz; Editing by Michael Perry)

Teacher beats Kentucky House majority leader in GOP primary .
A high school math teacher has defeated the majority leader of the Kentucky House of Representatives in the GOP primary, following a wave of education protests at the Kentucky Capitol and elsewhere around the country. Travis Brenda narrowly beat Rep. Jonathan Shell Tuesday. Two years ago, Shell was credited with helping orchestrate a GOP takeover of the House. But voters turned on him for his role in changing the pension system. Brenda credited a groundswell of teacher support for the win.Load Error

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