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Local schools to stay open despite rally

16 May 2018, 02:25 | Erica Roy

Source Public Schools of Robeson County Facebook page

Source Public Schools of Robeson County Facebook page

On how they got involved with the May 16 Day of Advocacy through their local Guilford County Association of Educators, an affiliate of the North Carolina Association of Educators, which is organizing the rally.

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

Legislative leaders and their surrogates are emphasizing that this year's pay increase would mark the fifth consecutive set of teacher raises. Like other hot-spot states, North Carolina saw increases in various support categories, with the biggest percentage increase in "other support", which grew 50 percent. Teachers will advocate for better pay and working conditions.

He goes on to say he cannot even afford to attend the rally in Raleigh on May 16 where teachers plan to protest for better pay because it would reduce his paycheck $75 by taking that day as a personal day. "This is my 37th year", said Erlene Lyde. They will call on legislators to restore funding and initiatives for teachers and students that were eliminated in the past decade. "But the fact a million kids will be out of school because a political organization wants to come have words with us is probably front and center on this".

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. Yet North Carolina teacher pay-which averages out just above $50,000, including local supplements and benefits- remains almost $10,000 below the national average and ranks 39th in the nation.

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

Over 44,000 N.C. teachers - nearly half the state's educators - have received at least a $10,000 raise since 2014. That's why NC ranked #1 & #2 for teacher pay growth last 2 years.

CMS says North Carolina is 43rd in the nation when it comes to per-pupil expenditures. I feel uncomfortable. I shouldn't feel uncomfortable saying that teachers should be paid more. In Brunswick County, only 202 of the county's 831 teachers make the state average of $51,214 or more. Teachers have also slammed lawmakers for bypassing raises for the state's most experienced educators.

The march in Raleigh starts at 9:45 a.m.at the NCAE headquarters. The House and Senate will convene at noon. When the N.C. Association of Educators (it's not a union; collective bargaining by government workers is not allowed in N.C.) marches on the Legislative Building in its "Rally for Respect", maybe somebody will finally listen to them.

Look for Policy Watch coverage throughout the day Wednesday.

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