MEDIA HITS

WRAL: New coalition on the left presses inequality issues during COVID-19 and beyond

April 24, 2020

By Travis Fain, WRAL statehouse reporter A new coalition of left-leaning groups came together over the last month and a half, and it’s pushing state leaders to address economic inequality as government responds to COVID-19, and longer term. The group, NC United for Survival & Beyond, lists some 200 organizations as members. Many are smaller grassroots operations,…

The Sanford Herald: Teacher By Day / EMT By Night: Politicians put health of schools at risk

January 28, 2020

From The Sanford Herald: Like countless N.C. educators, I’m forced to work a second job to make ends meet. Unlike most of my colleagues, my second job isn’t retail, it’s saving lives. Every Friday after I finish grading coursework, I head to my weekend job as an EMT/firefighter in Harnett County and pull 12-hour shifts.…

Amanda Smith: State putting the squeeze on teachers

January 22, 2020

 From The Daily Reflector: It’s certainly not unusual for teachers to stay in their classrooms long after school ends to grade papers and plan for upcoming lessons. It’s part of the job I expected when I became a teacher. But something I didn’t expect was having to work a second job to make ends meet…

Fox 46: Teachers protest decision not to increase their pay

January 16, 2020

From Fox 46 Charlotte: NC teachers protest for pay raises North Carolina teachers are protesting because they are not getting a pay raise per lawmakers in Raleigh. Teachers in Charlotte protested Wednesday because they’re not getting pay raises from the state of North Carolina. Lawmakers failed to override Governor Roy Cooper’s veto of pay raises.

Tessa Pendley: Why teachers blame the GOP legislature for no pay raise before the holidays

December 29, 2019

Union Hill Elementary School teacher Tessa Pendley speaks out about the budget and the lack of any compromise from GOP leaders in North Carolina’s legislature. From The Greensboro News & Record North Carolina educators don’t have much to be thankful for this holiday season when it comes to the latest meager “raises” offered up by legislative…

A math teacher does the math on NC teacher pay

December 27, 2019

Wake County math teacher Celia Rowland sets the record straight on teacher pay in North Carolina. From The News & Observer $66,267. No, that is definitely not my salary as a teacher. It’s the total amount I have “lost” from the state thanks to a decade of pay freezes, the loss of longevity pay, and the step…

WBTV 3: NC teachers back governor’s choice to veto pay-raise bills

November 15, 2019

Educators support Gov. Cooper’s veto of the GOP’s latest paltry pay plan for public school educators and urge Democratic lawmakers to continue standing up for public education by sustaining the governor’s veto and stopping Republican leaders from giving away another billion dollars in corporate tax cuts. From WBTV 3: He vetoed bills offering pay increases,…

Star News: Educators urge Gov. Cooper to veto pay raise bill

November 8, 2019

From Star News By Joey ChandlerPosted Nov 7, 2019 at 6:21 PM    From Star News Online If passed, North Carolina teachers would receive a 3.9 percent raise over two years and not the governor’s proposed nine percent. Cars zoomed past the corner of Shipyard Blvd and 41st Street while Hoggard High School chemistry teacher Amanda White spoke from behind a podium…

WECT News 6: Teachers say they’re unhappy with current state of pay raise bill

November 8, 2019

From WECT News 6 By Bryant Reed| November 7, 2019 at 6:55 PM EST – Updated November 7 at 9:08 PM WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) – Local teachers and state representative Harper Peterson joined forces Thursday to call on Governor Roy Cooper to veto a spending bill that would increase their pay. Though vetoing a bill to give…

WAYY News 3: TEACHERS PROTEST GOP-PROPOSED PAY INCREASE

November 8, 2019

From WAYY News 3 WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Teachers in our area and across the state are asking Governor Roy Cooper to veto a pay raise put forward by Republican lawmakers. A news conference was held outside of Hoggard High School Thursday afternoon. Governor Cooper’s original budget proposal included an average nine percent raise for…