Educators, lawmakers prepare for massive rally Wednesday

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Edgecombe County Public Schools made no move to cancel classes on Wednesday. This realization led to greater clarity: regardless of our intentions, we had become part of the problem of school resegregation. Give us enough to teach all in an effective way. Lunch will be free for students.

There is enormous support for a united struggle that will link up teachers with all sections of the working class.

North Carolina has proved to be particularly onerous for my former students.

Chapter: 95-98:1 of the North Carolina Statutes prohibits strikes by public employees. "We can not attract the best and brightest educators when we then pay them far less than they would make in another field requiring the degree level they achieve".

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"Teacher salaries have increased each of the last four years - outpacing inflation every year - and North Carolina is one of the top states for fastest rising teacher pay", North Carolina Superintendent of Public Instruction Mark Johnson noted. An earlier news report estimated that almost 100,000 students - or 64% of public school students in the state - would be out of school for the day, but as more districts opted to close, those figures have grown. 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. Such decisions allow teachers to attend the rally without asking for personal leave or having to pay the cost of a substitute. That's what a good boss does.

In Puerto Rico, thousands of teachers walked out of classes in March to protest the cash-strapped government's plan to shut down more than 300 schools this year as the unincorporated US territory struggles to recover from the devastation of Hurricane Maria in September. The possibility of this protest and assembly making any sort of desired impact on legislators appears remote.

Some of the teachers involved with Wednesday's event said they were inspired by teacher walkouts in Colorado, Arizona and other states where teachers won financial concessions.

Not surprisingly, politicians have also made it very hard for teachers in most states to assert themselves professionally.

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Support for our public schools, our children and our hardworking teachers transcends the left-right paradigm. Educators claim this rally would be unnecessary if our lawmakers had adequately funded teachers and public schools.

We will be watching and learning.

"Let's call this what it is, Teacher Union thugs want to control the education process!" They have plenty of legitimate grievances.

The legislature slashed some 7,500 teacher assistant positions, thus loading more work on the remaining teachers.

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Can teachers and lawmakers find common ground? We believe it would help their cause tremendously to focus on how low pay and lack of respect and appreciation of their skills primarily hurt students. At the same time, workers must take hold over the wealth that they collective create by nationalizing the banks and giant corporations and transforming them into publicly owned and democratically controlled enterprises.

North Carolina's starting teacher salary was increased in recent years, but Bellerose said when other funding cuts and things like longevity pay are considered, the state has taken a major step backwards.

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