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

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

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

Unionized Or Not, Teachers Struggle To Make Ends Meet, NPR/Ipsos Poll Finds

May 2, 2018 By: ANYA KAMENETZ   & LARE LOMBARDO More than 9 in 10 teachers say they joined the profession for idealistic reasons — “I wanted to do good” — but most are struggling to some extent economically. Those findings come from a nationally representative survey by NPR and Ipsos of more than 500 teachers across the country. The poll was conducted in April amid widespread walkouts in several states, … Continue reading Unionized Or Not, Teachers Struggle To Make Ends Meet, NPR/Ipsos Poll Finds

Before They Walk Into A Classroom, These New Teachers Will March On The N.C. Capitol

Cristina Chase Lane (left) and WinnieHope Mamboleo recently graduated from North Carolina State University’s College of Education. May 14, 2018 ARI SHAPIRO ANYA KAMENETZ Last week, teachers-to-be WinnieHope Mamboleo and Cristina Chase Lane marched across the graduation stage at North Carolina State University. This week, they’ll be marching with future colleagues at the state capitol in Raleigh, asking for better pay and better school funding. … Continue reading Before They Walk Into A Classroom, These New Teachers Will March On The N.C. Capitol

Rural Community Rallies For More Public School Funding

By JEANIE LINDSAY MAY 13, 2018 Educators in Farmersburg, Indiana, held a rally Saturday, urging lawmakers to give more attention to rural public schools, specifically when it comes to funding. School money follows the student in Indiana, and the Northeast Sullivan School Corporation has lost a big chunk of per-pupil funding in the past eight years – around $4 million – largely due to students leaving … Continue reading Rural Community Rallies For More Public School Funding

Funding Public Education Can Change Our Destiny

The status quo — overcrowded classrooms, a shortage of permanent teachers, turnover and burnout — is no longer acceptable. By David Negaard  / May 14, 2018 Today’s Hawaii public school students are tomorrow’s residents, voters, employees, consumers…but the way things are going, they won’t be residents of Hawaii. With high and rising cost of housing, limited employment opportunities and challenges the public school system currently lacks the … Continue reading Funding Public Education Can Change Our Destiny

NC’s average teacher pay is $51,214. How many teachers make that?

By Kelly Hinchcliffe, WRAL education reporter RALEIGH, N.C. — In March, the state education department released the new figure – North Carolina’s average teacher pay reached $51,214 this year, the first time it has surpassed $50,000. Media outlets, including WRAL News, reported the salary estimate. Soon after, comments came streaming in to the WRAL newsroom, disputing the number and questioning the math. • NC average teacher pay surpasses … Continue reading NC’s average teacher pay is $51,214. How many teachers make that?

NC teacher posts paycheck on Facebook to draw attention to teacher pay

STOKES COUNTY, NC (WECT) — A teacher in Stokes County, North Carolina posted a picture of his paycheck on Facebook to bring awareness to creating fair teacher pay in the state. The post, which talks about how his take home pay last month was $1,715.81, has been shared over 1,200 times. Nick Cols said in his post he loves teaching, the school he works at … Continue reading NC teacher posts paycheck on Facebook to draw attention to teacher pay

Cooper calls for freezing some tax cuts to give teachers raises

  By Matthew Burns, WRAL.com senior producer/politics editor, & Travis Fain, WRAL statehouse reporter RALEIGH, N.C. — Gov. Roy Cooper on Thursday called for freezing tax cuts supposed to take effect next year for businesses and wealthy individuals to free up money to give every public school teacher in North Carolina a raise of at least 5 percent. The proposal was part of Cooper’s $24.54 billion state … Continue reading Cooper calls for freezing some tax cuts to give teachers raises