Teachers head to Raleigh for Rally for Respect

SOUTHEASTERN NORTH CAROLINA (WECT) - Hundreds of teachers plan to head to Raleigh Wednesday for the Rally for Respect event planned by the North Carolina Association of Educators.

Brunswick, New Hanover, and Pender County Schools have all canceled class on Wednesday because of the event.

The NCAE says educators are asking for five things from elected leaders:

  1. Significant investment in per-pupil spending so our students have the resources to be successful.
  2. A multi-year professional pay plan for educators, education support professionals, administrators, and all other school personnel. This plan must include restoration of compensation for advanced degrees and longevity. The plan must also stop the flat-lining of experienced educators’ pay.
  3. Investing in the health and well-being of our students and making schools safer through increased school nurses, counselors, social workers, and other support personnel, and expansion of Medicaid to improve the health of our communities.
  4. Fix our crumbling schools and large class sizes with a Statewide School Construction Bond.
  5. Prioritize classrooms and not corporate boardrooms.

Cape Fear Coach lines has donated four buses to teaches from around the Wilmington area for their journey to Raleigh.

Teachers who can't make the trip to Raleigh Wednesday will gather at the New Hanover County Government Center and the New Hanover County Schools Central Office for the Wilmington Rally for Education.

Here is the schedule of events, according to the NC Association of Educators:

9:45 a.m. - Meet at NCAE Headquarters, 700 S. Salisbury St.

10 a.m. - March for Students

10:45 a.m. -   Enter Legislative Bldg and start assembling on 3rd Floor.

12 p.m. - General Assembly Convenes.

1 p.m. - Time to make Appointments with your local representative.

3 p.m. - Start assembling on Bicentennial Plaza across from the Legislative Building for Rally for Respect

3:30 p.m. - Rally for Respect begins

4:30 p.m. - Rally concludes

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