NC Representative calls teachers "thugs" ahead of May 16 rally

Third grade teachers Brittney Dennis left and Sabrina Peacock

Third grade teachers Brittney Dennis left and Sabrina Peacock. Liz Schlemmer WUNC

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.

Teachers from 20 school districts across the state plan to strike, a demonstration that will affect around 700,000 North Carolina students.

He knows many school districts across the Triad and the state will shut down Wednesday, because teachers will instead be making their voices heard in Raleigh.

"We teach them how to make a difference the right way", North Meck teacher James Walker said.

"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.

The same report says North Carolina also ranks 39th in per-student spending - about $2,313 less per student than the national average of $11,642.

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More than 15,000 teachers signed up to attend the rally, but it's unclear how many will take the day off and come to the march.

Woodhouse also said his organization will release a new application Wednesday that will allow teachers and others to accurately check teacher pay. But many teachers contend the pay is still too low.

A Durham teacher accused the rally's organizers of using students as "pawns" to push their agenda. Many of them plan to take part in the rally. "I, however, do not get paid for those days", he said. Therefore, the Alexander County Board of Education voted unanimously on May 8th to revise the current school calendar if a higher rate of absence for teachers was anticipated. "I do not support the movement especially on the backs of our students". In Oklahoma, the teachers union secured raises and increases to school funding and say they'll focus on supporting pro-education candidates in upcoming elections. One less day of instruction does not help students.

Charles Hellwig, chairman of the Wake County Republican Party, on Tuesday criticized the North Carolina Association of Educators.

Hellwig invited families to spend Wednesday at Coconut Charlie's Bump N Bounce at 7409 Six Forks Road in Raleigh.

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