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 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

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

Teachers Are Marching Ahead Of Their Unions, In Oklahoma And Arizona

April 2, 201811:24 AM ET By: CLARE LOMBARDO & Anya Kamentez “I’m 54 years old and my paycheck is $1,980 [a month]. I can’t afford f****** health insurance.” That’s one of the first things Larry Cagle says on the phone. He is spitting nails. The Tulsa English teacher is one of the leaders of a grassroots organizing group, Oklahoma Teachers United, that they say represents … Continue reading Teachers Are Marching Ahead Of Their Unions, In Oklahoma And Arizona

NPR/Ipsos Poll: Most Americans Support Teachers’ Right To Strike

As the wave of teacher walkouts moves to Arizona and Colorado this week, an NPR/Ipsos poll shows strong support among Americans for improving teachers’ pay and for their right to strike. Just 1 in 4 Americans believe teachers in this country are paid fairly. Nearly two-thirds approve of national teachers’ unions, and three-quarters agree teachers have the right to strike. That last figure includes two-thirds of Republicans, three-quarters of independents and … Continue reading NPR/Ipsos Poll: Most Americans Support Teachers’ Right To Strike

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

Local school leaders sound public education alarm

  Carole Carlson –Post-Tribune May 14, 2018 From a statewide teacher shortage to state funding cuts, two Lake County educators painted a grim picture of public education at Monday’s Gary Chamber of Commerce luncheon at Calumet High School. They urged business people at the luncheon to lobby against additional education funding cuts. “Educators, we’re seen as complaining and we’re told we waste the money and don’t … Continue reading Local school leaders sound public education alarm

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