Raleigh, N.C. – Triangle and North Carolina teachers will march in downtown Raleigh on Wednesday to urge legislators to increase state funding for education. This story is updated throughout the day by the Capitol.
Teacher Raleigh Supporter Rally
8:35 am: David Gould and Dahlresma Marks-Evans were the first teachers to arrive at the NC General Assembly building this morning.
Gould, art teacher from Onslow County, got up at 2:30 to be here early. Marks-Evans was already here when he arrived at 6:30.
"The early bird catches the worm", Marks-Evans smiled.
Mark-Evans, an excellent Durham children's teacher, came to us early Make sure she could come to the legislature to talk to the legislators and follow the meeting.
"I just want them to respect education more," she said.
Gould said he was from the naval families of the children he teaches. He hopes to convince lawmakers to "prioritize" children and education.
"Jesus said, 'Love the little kids,'" said Gould. "I think many of these people are very faith-based, I would like to see that."
Both said that teachers' salary increases have been welcome but inadequate over the past four years, citing North Carolina's consistently low payroll ranking and student issues nationwide.
I will speak for all educators – we are very grateful for the increases we had, but it is not enough, "said Marks-Evans." Inflation is rising, living costs are rising, gas is rising. What you have given us is not enough, because we still have to supply the classroom if it is lacking in any way. "
" We got some salary increases, but they are small crumbs, "Gould agreed," As an art teacher, I do not think in 5 or 10 years, but in 500 or 5000. We have to do a better job in the long term. What we have now is not sustainable.  7:45 am: Many teachers gather at the NCAE to march to the Legislative Building at 10 am where other teachers and lawmakers are waiting for them, followed by a discussion at 12 noon from a rally at 3pm
7:30 pm: "Education is North Carolina's top priority and has been around for some time – it's over 57 percent of the budget," said Craig Horn MP, who is waiting to meet with the teachers in the Legislative Building. "It's the biggest thing we do – it affects more people, we spend more money on it … so I expect and look forward to from [the teachers] learn. I hope to find out what your challenges are and show them the challenges we face from this side of the aisle. "
" I find it terrible that some teachers need to have two or three jobs, "said Rep Horn," I'm doing my best to continue raising salaries. "
7:00 pm: The Morning Times and other restaurants in downtown Raleigh are also preparing for the rally, preparing packed lunches for teachers in Raleigh
6:30 pm: "I go to work every day, to make a difference, but today it's a different kind of difference we're trying to make, "said Jasmine Lauer, a Wake County teacher is waiting to start at the NCAE.
" We are today here to remind the General Assembly that public education is the great compensation for North Carolina. "I think it's important that they make these public debt dollars because it's really easy for them to talk about taxes and buildings and structures to talk, but what we really talk about speak, are children.  6 pm: Teachers All Over North Carolina Awake Up for Today's Raleigh Rally Many teachers "join" other teachers to take charter buses to the North Carolina Association of Educators, which is located in the North Carolina Downtown Raleigh is building to begin the march for the Legislative Building.
Teachers are marching from the North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE) building on S. Salisbury Street no. 700 in the Legislative Building on W. Jones Street at 10 o'clock and planned a speech for noon.
The Legislative Building can hold 4,000 people at its capacity, and of these, about 1,000 will be teachers hoping to meet their legislators to talk about higher pay and more resources for students.
Hundreds of teachers will skip the march and to stand up at the legislative building at 6 o'clock to make sure they are hired to talk to their legislators.
According to the NCAE, five major changes for which teachers champion:
- Increase in spending per student
- Professional compensation
- Improving school safety – more nurses and counselors
- Repairing people in need of repair Schools
- End of corporate tax cuts
State legislators have increased salaries of teachers over the past four years and average teachers salary in North Carolina is $ 51,214; However, most teachers say that this is not the case for them, and teachers who earn higher salaries increase the overall average. North Carolina is currently ranked 37th in the nation for teacher pay.
Teachers say they are earning for education funding overall, not just their own paychecks, but some elected officials say they think there is another agenda.
"There is no question that the NCAE is very closely linked to the Democratic Party in North Carolina," said Phil Berger, chairman of the GOP Senate. "Much of what we hear is politically motivated." Berger and other elected officials said they would be happy to meet with educators from their districts participating in the rally.
In Durham, educators prepare for the rally by offering bus rides to the city center. An entry form allowed the teachers to reserve their seats on buses departing Hillside and Riverside on Monday at 8:15 am to begin the journey to Raleigh.