They are old veterans of North Carolina's wars over education funding.
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"After taking over from Democratic leadership that furloughed teachers and froze their salaries, Republicans in the General Assembly made a promise to dramatically raise teacher pay in North Carolina - and we've kept our promise", the statement said.
"On May 16th, thousands of teachers from across North Carolina are expected to travel to Raleigh for the "March For Students and Rally For Respect" gathering". Meantime, more parents are showing their support.
"Our end game, obviously, is November the 6th", Jewell said this week. The state's top Republican, Sen. Turning an advocacy day into a protest march may have the opposite effect, driving a wedge between teachers and legislators.
"The lackluster rankings come at the same time that the North Carolina General Assembly has passed massive tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy", the North Carolina Association of Educators said.
Teachers aren't allowed to use vacation days, called annual leave, when classes are in session. Teachers have legitimate concerns and laudable goals, but today's protest will only alienate the legislative leaders they need as allies to effect positive change. "But they need to think about themselves".
North Carolina schools aren't a monolith on this protest.
Even though it is an optional teacher workday, lunch will be available for all students at the elementary, middle and high school level at no cost from 10 a.m.to 1 p.m.at six sites - Barnes ES, Elm City ES, Hearne ES, Vick ES, Wells ES and Winstead ES.
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There are some school employees who won't get paid Wednesday because of the closures.
By canceling classes on Wednesday, those 38 school districts aren't requiring teachers to pay the $50 fee. They're meant to strengthen the bonds between citizen advocates and their elected representatives.
- Wake County Public School System. "Yeah, we're still fighting for the same thing over and over again", she said. With bipartisan support and the NCAE's backing, that effort could be supercharged, eliminating the need for state officials to take on debt by issuing construction bonds.
She questioned the timing, though.
Advanced Placement exams scheduled for May 16 will be given on May 23.
"Summer being just around the corner". Both sides suffered heavy casualties, and the historian Plutarch famously wrote, "If we are victorious in one more battle with the Romans, we shall be utterly ruined".
From the Republican side, a phrase keeps echoing: "union tactics".
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. "We're grossly underfunding our schools", he said. "This isn't union-like activity".