Local educators are calling for change without saying a word.
About 50 people lined South College Road Wednesday afternoon holding a silent protest to demand better treatment of teachers and students.
The New Hanover County Association of Educators and NC PTA held the protest for about 40 minutes. Several educators said they want politicians and the public to start taking education seriously.
"We're dissatisfied with their budget. We feel that it's a disservice to the children which are our future and we're tired of being disrespected, and not taken seriously as a profession," said Barbara Anderson, librarian and media specialist for Rachel Freeman School of Engineering.
The budget promises an average 7 percent raise for teachers, but many teachers say that raise is money many of their colleagues have already earned in their longevity pay.
The educators are quietly asking government leaders to revisit the budget and make the pay scale whole for all employees.
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