Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Alexander County Schools To Close May 16 As Local Teachers Attend Rally

Alexander County Schools To Close May 16 As Local Teachers Attend Rally

North Carolina's teacher salaries rank 35th nationwide, but teachers there have seen the value of their wages fail to keep up with cost of living increases over the past two decades.

"We've been fighting in North Carolina for the last 10 years against the dismantling of our public schools", says President Bryan Proffitt.

"I think a lot of us started to see, 'well shoot, if West Virginia can do it, North Carolina can do it, ' " middle school Spanish teacher Sally Merryman told NPR.

- Create a multiyear pay plan for teachers, support staff, administrators and all other school personnel.

He knows many school districts across the Triad and the state will shut down Wednesday, because teachers will instead be making their voices heard in Raleigh.

Teachers say there are about 60 educators from North Mecklenburg High who will attend the rally.

"This decision has been made to demonstrate support for our teachers and ensure that student safety is never compromised". Teachers will advocate for better pay and working conditions.

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

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A Durham teacher accused the rally's organizers of using students as "pawns" to push their agenda. In Colorado, a strike by teachers in the Pueblo City School District resulted in a 2% pay raise for educators on Monday.

Over 1,000 people shared Cols' lengthy post, which stated how much he loved and respected his job before revealing a photo of his latest paycheck of $1,715.81, which can be calculated out as $53 a day.

But many Republicans believe the rally is nothing more than a political stunt. Personal days and vacation days come with pay.

"They need tomorrow and by not having it, they're at risk of not passing their grade", Jarvis said.

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.

"If it walks like a duck and it looks like a duck and it quacks like a duck, it's a duck", Hellwig said.

"Please take advantage of that", Hellwig said.

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