NC teachers want better salaries; prepare for May 16 rally


NC teachers want better salaries; prepare for May 16 rally

Around 20,000 people from across the state are expected to march on the capital city on May 16 in the March for Students and Rally for Respect event organized by members of the North Carolina Association of Educators.

He goes on to say he and his wife, who is also a teacher, are struggling and "cannot pay for anything".

But that doesn't mean the fight will end Wednesday. To the North Carolina General Assembly, we will act to hold you accountable to the original intention of public charter schools.

Peacock: Me too. I think it's one of the biggest things that's happened for North Carolina teachers.

Teacher rallies and walk-outs across the country seemed to have sparked a growing national movement, fueled by teacher frustration, said a teacher at one local school.

Previous year the North Carolina state assembly approved $2.5 million in cuts to education funding, including layoffs and the elimination of vacant positions in low-income and low-performing school districts.

I want you to see what the people who are educating your children are being paid.

"We are extremely aware that disrupting family routines puts a burden on parents". But many teachers contend the pay is still too low.

It depends on whom you ask.

They've had some salary increases in recent years, but when adjusted for inflation, they've lost 9.4% in pay since 2009.

CMS says North Carolina is 43rd in the nation when it comes to per-pupil expenditures.

"The lackluster rankings come at the same time that the North Carolina General Assembly has passed massive tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy", the North Carolina Association of Educators said.

We find it hard to blame the teachers, who have been peaceably complaining through proper channels for years.

MS could be the next state to see teachers go on strike, according to analysis by the Brookings Institution.

North Carolina is becoming the latest hot spot in the education funding wildfire-thousands of protesting teachers are expected in Raleigh on Wednesday-so before I deliver the promised wrap up on my state spending series, I thought I'd add NC to the mix. The head of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg teachers lobby and a top education budget writer join Mike Collins.

But funding for both are on the rise.

Our hope is that the legislators will understand how important this is and will really put forth action behind what they say when they say education is important. The data also shows that 30.8 percent (3,780 teachers) make less than $50,000 per year.

While still below the 2016-2017 national average teacher salary of $58,064 (according to the National Center for Education Statistics), teacher pay in in North Carolina has gone up over $6,000 in the last 4 years, with another 8% raise now being considered by lawmakers in Raleigh.

Teachers and their supporters plan to wear red in solidarity during Wednesday's rally.