Lawmakers will be met by public school teachers marching from the headquarters of the North Carolina Association of Educators, which organized the "March for Students and Rally for Respect". Regardless of whether it results in legislative action - as protests did in Oklahoma and Arizona - allowing teachers a penalty-free day in Raleigh gives them an opportunity to be a part of something bigger instead of feeling isolated and frustrated at home.
Board of Education Chairwoman Dana Jones said she applauded Emory, as well as district staff and officials, for their efforts to explore all options on May 16. Some infrastructures in the state are upwards of a century old. Close to 1 million students in the state of North Carolina will have Wednesday off, the NCAE reported. West Virginia educators got a 5% pay increase. So many have requested leave that many school systems canceled classes for May 16, partly to express solidarity with teachers, but the reality is that current estimates indicate that more than one-third of all students could face empty classrooms that day, far exceeding the number of substitute teachers systems could find.
Buncombe is the state's 13th-largest school district, with almost 25,000 students enrolled in 45 schools.
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"What they've been doing to our public schools is not right", North Carolina Association of Educators President Mark Jewell told ABC11 WTVD.
As Wednesday's march approaches, North Carolina Republicans have been emphasizing raises approved by state lawmakers in recent years, raises that lifted the state from near the bottom of the nation in teacher pay to 39th this year.
The legislature comes to Raleigh on Wednesday for the "short session" and opening day promises to be far more exciting than most years.
It's estimated that 2,000 teachers from the greater-Charlotte area plan to go to Raleigh.
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Wednesday's "March for Students and Rally for Respect" in Raleigh is similar to large teacher rallies that have been held recently in other states.
"The ultimate goal is to elect more pro-public education leaders in North Carolina and to have long-term, sustainable victories". Attendees will walk to Vance Monument downtown and speakers will host a rally. We're talking copy paper, we're talking building structure necessities.
He went on to say, "I know we've seen some raises over the last few years, but hopefully that money that's being sent back, it's not going to the administrative side of things, but actually getting into the teachers' hands or providing teachers' assistance, whatever they might need".
"I feel the timing of this event conflicts with my responsibilities at this time as we approach the end of the school year".
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Baker believes the state can make vast improvements in how it takes care of teachers and the public school system.
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