The politicians in Raleigh have done almost nothing to reverse the long-term cuts to our public schools that are making it harder and harder to give our students the quality education they deserve. Instead of reinvesting in public education, lawmakers would rather give huge tax breaks to millionaires and big corporations. Educators have had enough.
Last year’s march for public schools showed politicians that educators are serious about improving public school funding — but that was just the beginning. Lawmakers are working on this year’s budget, but they still aren’t listening to educators. It’s time for us to return to Raleigh.
On May 1, all employees of North Carolina public schools are encouraged to take a personal day and converge on the General Assembly to give the following five demands to state lawmakers:
- Provide enough school librarians, psychologists, social workers, counselors, nurses, and other health professionals to meet national standards
- Provide a $15 minimum wage for all school personnel, 5% raise for all support staff, teachers, admins, and a 5% cost of living adjustment for retirees
- Expand Medicaid to improve the health of our students and families
- Reinstate state retiree health benefits eliminated by the General Assembly in 2017
- Restore advanced degree compensation stripped by the General Assembly in 2013
A high-quality public education system requires more than just teacher pay. North Carolina’s public schools need a top-to-bottom reinvestment that the politicians have willfully refused to consider for nearly a decade. It’s time to let them know we’re serious.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg School officials have decided to cancel classes May 1, in anticipation of teacher absences due to a protest rally in Raleigh expected to draw thousands of educators from across the state.
Superintendent Clayton Wilcox told the school board this week that more than 1,200 CMS teachers and 100 support staff have asked to have May 1 off so they can travel to the state capital and lobby state legislators for increased funding and other needs.
Wilcox told the board it would be tough to fill that many vacancies for the day, the Charlotte Observer reported this week.
The number expected to attend the rally has since gone up to nearly 2,000 staffers seeking to take off, and CMS officials said they expect the number to go even higher as the event nears.