North Carolina’s Teacher Revolt Was Decades in the Making

Paul Blest and Nick Martin May 18, 2018 A derecho of red shirts swept through Raleigh, N.C. on Wednesday as thousands of teachers and their allies flooded the capitol, in defiance of the pouring rain, to demand better conditions in their state’s public schools. In a march from the headquarters of the North Carolina Association of Educators to the North Carolina General Assembly—the origin of some of … Continue reading North Carolina’s Teacher Revolt Was Decades in the Making

Betsy DeVos knows little about public education. And she doesn’t want to learn.

By Helaine Olen May 16 at 4:09 PM Education Secretary Betsy DeVos visited New York City this week. And what did she learn? Nothing about public education, that’s for sure. While in New York, DeVos did not visit a single public school. Not a traditional public school, and not a charter school. DeVos, however, did make time to tour a pair of private Orthodox Jewish day schools. She also made time … Continue reading Betsy DeVos knows little about public education. And she doesn’t want to learn.

Educators rally in Charlotte:

Hundreds of Charlotte-area teachers gathered in uptown Wednesday to rally while thousands of teachers across the state protested in Raleigh.  EDUCATION BY LAVENDRICK SMITH   May 16, 2018 05:18 PM Updated 4 hours 59 minutes ago Dwayne Simmons had one thing on his mind as he stood in the blistering heat of First Ward Park: money. Simmons, a seventh-grade teacher at Ashley Park, spoke with … Continue reading Educators rally in Charlotte:

Nationwide Teacher Strikes Highlight The Dire State Of US Public Education

By Kim Bussing May 16, 2018 WV Teacher Strike at Bunker Hill Elementary School in Berkeley County, West Virginia (Photo Credit: Eric Bourgeois CC BY-SA 4.0 from Wikimedia Commons On Wednesday, May 16, thousands of North Carolina educators took to the streets to protest against low teacher salaries and deteriorating school conditions. Their one-day strike is part of a growing national movement that has swept across the country … Continue reading Nationwide Teacher Strikes Highlight The Dire State Of US Public Education

North Carolina schools prepare to close as teachers flock to state Capitol

By Moriah Balingit May 15 at 7:58 PM North Carolina teachers plan to descend Wednesday on the statehouse in Raleigh to rally for more public school funding, a protest expected to keep hundreds of thousands of students out of the classroom. The state becomes the latest to see teachers leave schools en masse to confront state lawmakers, hoping to reverse years of budget cuts. Teachers in … Continue reading North Carolina schools prepare to close as teachers flock to state Capitol

North Carolina teachers to rally in Raleigh for raises, funding

This is the basic math in the life of North Carolina kindergarten teacher Kristin Beller: one master’s degree, plus 14 years of experience, plus 10-hour workdays, plus a sometimes six-day workweek equals $51,000 in annual salary. That does not include the money she makes on the side as a tutor. But nor does it take into account the hundreds of dollars of her own money … Continue reading North Carolina teachers to rally in Raleigh for raises, funding

NC march leaders want teacher pay and education spending to reach national average

By T. Keung Hui The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.) (TNS) May 15, 2018 Updated 2 hrs ago RALEIGH, N.C. — The group organizing Wednesday’s mass teacher rally in Raleigh says it wants state lawmakers to sharply raise education spending — including pay raises for all school employees — and to reverse many of the education changes made in the past seven years. More than 15,000 teachers … Continue reading NC march leaders want teacher pay and education spending to reach national average

Teachers shelling out nearly $500 a year on school supplies, report finds

By Moriah Balingit May 15 at 12:25 PM   Pencils, pens, crayons, construction paper, T-shirts, snacks and, sometimes, a pair of shoes: The costs add up for public school teachers who reach into their own pockets for classroom supplies, ensuring their students have the necessities of learning. Nearly all teachers are footing the bill for classroom supplies, an Education Department report found, and teachers in high-poverty … Continue reading Teachers shelling out nearly $500 a year on school supplies, report finds

The one way North Carolina’s teacher rally Wednesday could spark change

Kentucky teachers rally last month. Rallies in Kentucky, Colorado, Arizona and elsewhere have encouraged North Carolina teachers, who will rally in Raleigh on Wednesday. Bryan Woolston AP photo BY THE OBSERVER EDITORIAL BOARD May 15, 2018 10:11 AM   Will the 15,000 N.C. teachers gathering in Raleigh Wednesday for the largest teachers rally in state history succeed? That depends on what they’re trying to accomplish. If they’re … Continue reading The one way North Carolina’s teacher rally Wednesday could spark change