Educators, lawmakers prepare for massive rally Wednesday

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The Public Schools of Robeson County will close for students on Wednesday, May 16, in conjunction with the rally for public education in Raleigh.

They've had some salary increases in recent years, but when adjusted for inflation, they've lost 9.4% in pay since 2009. Wake said teachers who don't report to work Wednesday have to use leave time or a personal day or they won't get paid. North Carolina is now ranked 37th in the nation for average teacher pay and 39th in per-pupil spending.

Since they began cutting taxes in 2013, lawmakers have slashed the corporate income-tax rate to one of the lowest in the country and now collect about a half-billion dollars less annually, according to the legislature's fiscal staff.

The thousands of North Carolina teachers participating in Wednesday's protest in Raleigh will still be paid for the day, but some might lose $50 for not showing up to teach their classes. "We are on the right track, and I am pleased teachers will receive another raise next year". Not one who has moved to your state earns a living wage on a teaching salary.

But funding for both are on the rise.

Meanwhile, nearly all of the additional $2 billion the state is spending this year compared to six years ago has gone into education, including public universities and community colleges.

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Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger criticized the rally, stating that teacher strikes are illegal in North Carolina.

Moore and Berger mostly pointed to Democrats for the state's dismal teacher pay, calling out teacher furloughs and salary freezes imposed shortly after a nationwide recession sank state revenues in 2008.

Moore called the proposed 6.2% increase "a major step".

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

Representatives for the National Education Association and the North Carolina Association of Educators couldn't be immediately reached. This plan must include restoration of compensation for advanced degrees and longevity. Teachers have also slammed lawmakers for bypassing raises for the state's most experienced educators. Test scores take precedence over learning through current textbooks, effective class sizes and well-maintained school buildings.

- Increase the number of school nurses, counselors, social workers and other support personnel and expand Medicaid to improve community health. Due to projected teacher absences that "far exceed the district's ability to safely and effectively operate schools", the school board voted to make May 16 an "optional teacher workday". On the day of the march, Durham Public Schools will offer free breakfast and lunch to students at 13 schools.

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