Thousands gather for NC teacher rally

NC Teachers Rally in Raleigh

RALEIGH, NC (WBTV) - Thousands of educators and supporters are wearing red marching in downtown Raleigh for a teachers rally Wednesday.

The march stepped off at 10:30 a.m. at the Halifax Mall and educators will make their way to the General Assembly. Regional legislative meetings will begin at 1:30 p.m. and the event will end around 2:30 p.m.

The national average for teacher salary $61,782, while the state average is $53,975, which is up about 5-percent from last year.

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Posted by WBTV News on Wednesday, May 1, 2019

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Educators are planning to march to the General Assembly and hold a rally, calling for legislators to heed their five legislative priorities.

Teachers want Medicaid expansion, a $15 minimum wage for support staff and restoration of extra pay for teacher’s masters degrees. Teachers rallied in 2018, demanding pay hikes and other changes. Nearly 19,000 teachers rallied last year in Raleigh.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools students will not have school on May 1 as CMS Superintendent Clayton Wilcox has designated the day an optional teacher workday.

Superintendent Wilcox, who made this decision in collaboration with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education, has waived attendance requirements on May 1 for all CMS students. No make-up day is needed or will be scheduled.

Here’s the full list of schools that have already announced plans to cancel class for students:

  • Cabarrus County School District
  • Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
  • Hickory Public Schools
  • Iredell-Statesville Schools
  • Kannapolis City Schools
  • Mooresville Graded School District

WBTV has contacted Ashe, Anson, and Burke County Schools but has not yet received a official decision on their plans for May 1.

Chester County Schools in South Carolina canceled class on May 1.

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