CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Thousands arrived in Raleigh to march for teacher rights Wednesday morning. Hundreds of educators left on buses from Mallard Creek High School in Charlotte.
Educators and supporters said they were excited to get to the capitol and enact change in the legislature like they did last year.
Cicelette Killingsworth is the daughter-in-law and sister of teachers and chose to bring her entire family to march in Raleigh to show them the importance of what teachers do.
“They are educating our youth, the people of tomorrow, our next President," Killingsworth said.
Teachers and staff came representing different schools, all for the same several reasons.
“We need a cost of living raise for the retirees and all school personnel," retired teacher Minerva Hardy said.
“Better working conditions, smaller class sizes, school support staff, counselors, psychologists," teacher Gilbert Spears said.
Tuesday’s deadly shooting at UNC Charlotte did not stop them from heading to Raleigh - in fact it’s driving them.
""Let our youth know that that is not what we do, that is not something we promote, violence is not the answer," teacher Brenda Cofield said.
Many of them marched last year and they are hoping to bring that same energy back to Raleigh today.
""CMS, all schools, safety first, all of our children, all of our teachers," teacher Phyllis Washington said.
The rally is set to officially begin at the Halifax Mall at 12:30 p.m.