NC teacher posts photo of paycheck on Facebook

  • NC teacher posts photo of paycheck on Facebook

NC teacher posts photo of paycheck on Facebook

North Carolina teachers join the thousands of educators across the USA who have gone on strike this year, marching on Raleigh to demand higher wages and better funding for their classrooms Wednesday.

"At this time, 71 teachers have requested personal leave or leave without pay and that is a much higher rate than normal for teacher absences on a typical day".

"What they've been doing to our public schools is not right", North Carolina Association of Educators President Mark Jewell told ABC11 WTVD. Almost 1 million North Carolina students won't have school tomorrow, as about one-third of the state's school districts will be closed due to teacher absences. "We teach them you can't be out there looting, you can't be out there destroying stuff - no one is going to listen to you - that peaceful protest is the way to go".

During the rally, teachers from around the state plan to lobby the legislature for what they say are desperately needed new state dollars for underfunded school systems.

"It reduces the amount of people entering the profession of education or beginning their careers in North Carolina", she said. "The people who are giving them the tools to achieve things that most never thought possible".

During Tuesday's event, some also said teachers should not gather on a school day, especially as students are preparing for final exams and end-of-year tests.

More than 15,000 teachers signed up to attend the rally, but it's unclear how many will take the day off and come to the march. "They know we don't make enough money".

In a post for his blog "Notes From the Chalkboard", North Carolina teacher Justin Parmenter elaborated on the ways the state's public schools have been hurting for lack of adequate funding.

In addition to increased spending on schools and students, North Carolina's teachers also want lawmakers to reinvest in education in order to ensure that teaching jobs in North Carolina stay competitive.

Teachers are demanding the state catch up in teacher pay and per-pupil expenditure within the next four years.