"The plan must also stop the flat-lining of experienced educators' pay".
"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". Almost 1 million North Carolina students won't have school tomorrow, as about one-third of the state's school districts will be closed due to teacher absences.
The English teacher said his hourly pay comes out to be $6.69 an hour, which is roughly $1 less than North Carolina's minimum wage.
"I think a lot of us started to see, 'well shoot, if West Virginia can do it, North Carolina can do it, ' " middle school Spanish teacher Sally Merryman told NPR.
Congressman Walker says North Carolina leads the nation as far as what percentage of the budget goes toward education.
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". He hopes the rally will encourage other people to go into teaching. Wake said teachers who don't report to work Wednesday have to use leave time or a personal day or they won't get paid. In Colorado, a strike by teachers in the Pueblo City School District resulted in a 2% pay raise for educators on Monday.
The post received more than 1,000 reactions over the weekend.
But many Republicans believe the rally is nothing more than a political stunt.
"I will be in my classroom May 16 planning for the next school day and away from the madness in Raleigh", McCann wrote.
Immanuel Jarvis, who has a child attending Clement Early College, said losing a school day will hurt black and Hispanic students the most, particularly those who are at risk of not doing well on end-of-year tests. "It's kids who look like me, the black ones, the brown ones, the ones who come from a single parent". "If Oklahoma can do it, North Carolina can do it".
"Please take advantage of that", Hellwig said.