Raleigh, NC – As thousands of teachers gather in Raleigh on Wednesday to urge state legislators for more education funding, North Carolina Superintendent of Public Instruction Mark Johnson Will Become More than 100 miles away and meet with school officials near the coast.
Last week, Johnson said he supports "absolutely" teachers but will not be attending the rally because it takes place on a school day and has to meet students, parents and other school workers who are forced to work with schools. At the time, nearly a dozen school districts had announced that they would close due to the teachers' meeting, and Johnson said he hoped no others would follow. Since then, the number of school systems has increased to 42.
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Johnson plans to visit Craven County schools in the eastern part of the state on Wednesday, according to his spokesperson, Drew Elliot. There he plans to meet superintendent Meghan Doyle and Tabari Wallace, the newly appointed Prince of the Year 201
Johnson was also scheduled to host a media event at Roger Bell Elementary School in Craven County, but the school decided to postpone his visit due to the teachers' meeting, according to district spokeswoman Jennifer Wagner
It is expected that up to 15,000 Teachers from all over North Carolina will gather, meet and meet with lawmakers on Wednesday to get more education funding, even higher, teacher salaries. The ultimate goal, according to the North Carolina Association of Educators, is to elect more pro-public education leaders in North Carolina.
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Meanwhile, Republican leaders in the General Assembly say that education funding and teacher salaries are on the right track and point out that teachers will receive their fifth salary increase in the coming budget. Tim Moore's office said the estimated average teacher salary next year will be close to $ 53,400.
North Carolina's training funding and teacher salaries are much discussed topics each year, especially when compared to other states. North Carolina is currently ranked 37th in the nation for the average teacher salary and 39th place per student.
Johnson, a Republican, said in a statement last week that teacher relations are important and improving.
"Teacher salaries have risen in the last four years – every year, they're surpassing inflation – and North Carolina is one of the top countries for the fastest-growing teachers' salaries," he wrote. "We are on the right track and I am pleased that teachers will receive another salary increase next year, and in a booming economy, we need to further raise teacher wages to recruit and retain talented teachers."