As thousands of teachers march, North Carolina legislature opens

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- A North Carolina House representative took to Facebook to share his thoughts on the teacher's rally planned for May 16 that has several NC schools planning to close their doors for the day.

But that doesn't mean the fight will end Wednesday.

Prioritize classrooms and not corporate boardrooms.

"The ultimate goal is to elect more pro-public education leaders in North Carolina and to have long-term, sustainable victories".

Brody says he's saying this because he "doesn't want Union County schools and for that matter, all North Carolina school systems, to turn into Chicago".

"Long-term salary growth is exactly what teachers need", said Moore. When asked Wednesday, Berger said Republicans have "no intention" of raising taxes this year.

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

North Carolina is now ranked 37th in the United States for average teacher pay and 39th in per-pupil spending.

Johnson, a Republican, said in a statement last week that teacher pay is important and has been improving. Almost 7,500 teachers' assistant positions have been cut in the last decade, participants argue, and nearly a quarter of the state's kids live in poverty.

But funding for both are on the rise.

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Legislators, now is the time to adjust spending on education.

After witnessing successful teacher walkouts and strikes across the nation this year, educators in North Carolina are poised for their moment in the spotlight. Whitelock, a Pittsburgh native who always wanted to become a teacher, said that some of her students don't have anyone else to advocate for them.

"That's more than a lot of people out there in the private sector are getting", Moore said. For the past 5 years, educators like him have been painstakingly organizing North Carolina, and now their efforts are bearing fruit.

A multi-year professional pay plan for educators, education support professionals, administrators, and all other school personnel.

"This plan must include restoration of compensation for advanced degrees and longevity", the state teachers group said. Teachers have also slammed lawmakers for bypassing raises for the state's most experienced educators.

Fix our crumbling schools and large class sizes with a Statewide School Construction Bond.

Berger also blamed "politically motivated rhetoric and misinformation" for criticism of lawmakers' public school decisions.

- Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools. "We simply won't have enough teachers in place to operate schools safely or to ensure a high-quality instructional day for students".

"Many teachers and staff are requesting leave on May 16th and there is a shortage of available substitutes to cover the anticipated teacher absences", the post read in part. One less day of instruction does not help students.

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