I marched for my students and the students of every teacher in NC.
I marched for music teachers, for the arts, for the hours spent outside of school rehearsing, for the last teacher leaving the parking lot.
I marched for those who spend their own money to buy the hungry students snacks because they're not going to learn on an empty stomach, who spend their own money making their classroom look like a home instead of a closet built in the 70s, who spend their own money buying apps and subscriptions and anything else that will help their kiddos learn because their textbooks are horribly outdated.
I marched for the 8,000 teacher assistant positions that have been cut since 2014, the salary "raises" we have recently gotten that are actually at -5% when compared to pre-recession salaries (when adjusted for inflation and yes, that is important because a gallon of milk cost about $2.65 in 2008 and $3.12 today), the ranking of 39th in per pupil spending, the elimination of masters pay.
I marched because we have tried to get your attention, dear lawmakers, in so many other ways and this seems to finally have worked. We would have rather taught than marched but we can no longer continue on this path. Statewide, NC university teacher ed program enrollment is already down 30%.
The future of of NC is in our classrooms. We must not forget. ... See MoreSee Less