May 23, 2018

Wilson Schools to close for teacher rally

16 May 2018, 02:24 | Taylor George

Many teachers in Southeastern North Carolina make less than the state average for teacher salaries

Many teachers in Southeastern North Carolina make less than the state average for teacher salaries

It's estimated that 2,000 teachers from the greater-Charlotte area plan to go to Raleigh. They're another pair of eyes, they're another person who's teaching, helping when there are lots of things going on, like a child with a bloody nose, then there's somebody else who can help take care of that while the rest of the children are being taught. I am also a 3rd grade teacher. (Currently, kindergarten is the only grade in their school system in which teacher assistants are employed.) It's like a second teacher in the room. "This is my 37th year", said Erlene Lyde.

"That made me decide that I wanted to help someone in the same situation I was in", she says. 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.

We wish school were in session for our students, because that would mean teachers wouldn't be feeling the need to provide a public display to those who develop the pay scales that taxpayers ultimately underwrite. The numbers show there have been raises every year and this year's average raise is set at 6.1 percent. Teachers coming to the march from the 70+ school districts that are still holding classes Wednesday will have to pay the $50 fee for a sub to replace them. Rock bottom. Embarrassing. Now we're climbing out of that hole with constant raises. "It's a massive step forward, but we have a long way to go", said Senator Jeff Tarte.

"Educators are paying to miss the day and exercising their rights as Americans to assemble and advocate for education", she said. "Our benefits prices have increased so if you adjust for inflation we've seen a six percent decrease in salary". He said he's attending the rally because teachers' voices have not been heard, in spite of their best previous efforts, to improve the learning environments for North Carolina students.

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Central Park School for Children in Durham chose to close our two public charter campuses May 16 so we can stand with North Carolina public schools and public school educators in Raleigh. We're almost ten grand below the national average. North Carolina spends $8,940 on each student - the national average is $11,984.

You might think Mamboleo and Lane would be demoralized to be starting their careers at a time of such upheaval.

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 1 six sites - Barnes ES, Elm City ES, Hearne ES, Vick ES, Wells ES and Winstead ES.

Thousands of teachers are preparing to converge in downtown Raleigh Wednesday for the "March for Students and Rally for Respect".

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