The state is also about $10,000 behind the national average for teacher pay. Wake County Public School System - the largest in the state - is among those canceling classes.
North Carolina teachers did not organize a walkout when the state ranked worse for teacher pay under Democratic leadership, Woodhouse said. "I don't know that I'd advocate necessarily doing that, but in their hearts and minds for the ones that we've talked at, I think these are the people that feel this is the only way that they can get the kind of attention", he told WFMY News 2.
CMS says North Carolina is 43rd in the nation when it comes to per-pupil expenditures.
Cols continues to say he can't afford to attend the May 16 rally in Raleigh where teachers are expected to protest at the General Assembly when lawmakers reconvene for the legislative short session.
- Create a multiyear pay plan for teachers, support staff, administrators and all other school personnel. But many teachers contend the pay is still too low.
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A Durham teacher accused the rally's organizers of using students as "pawns" to push their agenda. 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.
The post received more than 1,000 reactions over the weekend. Many of them plan to take part in the rally. West Virginia educators got a 5% pay increase. "I do not support the movement especially on the backs of our students". One less day of instruction does not help students.
He ended the post by thanking teachers who aren't planning to participate in the rally, saying they are the one who "stand up to the bullies and self serving thugs of the Teachers Union and believe in showing up for work". "If Oklahoma can do it, North Carolina can do it".
"If it walks like a duck and it looks like a duck and it quacks like a duck, it's a duck", Hellwig said.
Hellwig invited families to spend Wednesday at Coconut Charlie's Bump N Bounce at 7409 Six Forks Road in Raleigh.