Multiple school districts and counties followed suit.
"Overall, spending on education has been increasing in a long-term, sustainable way", spokesman Joseph Kyzer said.
Republican leaders in the General Assembly said that teachers will get their fifth-consecutive pay raise in the coming budget.
North Carolina teachers earn an average salary of about $50,000, making them 39th in the country a year ago, the National Education Association reported last month.
Dennis: Absolutely, and when you say more, I think it's also important that the world know that when we say more, we're not asking for anything outlandish. We call this life. We didn't want to wait the day of, which would have been far too late.
"This plan must include restoration of compensation for advanced degrees and longevity", a state teachers' group representative said. I am also a 3rd grade teacher.
Hester can't attend the rally in Raleigh because she is required to give IB exams on designated days, and Wednesday is one of those days. She has been teaching at CMS for almost four decades. "We're exhausted of it, but we are in it to the end". "And that's what they got".
- Wake County Public School System.
Alison Baker, a science teacher at SouthWest Edgecombe High School, said she's supportive of teachers going to Raleigh on Wednesday and of all of the N.C. Association of Educators' goals. With 160,429 students, it is the largest school district to cancel classes May 16.
"I feel the timing of this event conflicts with my responsibilities at this time as we approach the end of the school year".
We wish school were in session for our students, because that would mean teachers wouldn't be feeling the need to provide a public display to those who develop the pay scales that taxpayers ultimately underwrite. Teachers believe marching is the right thing to do and will show their students how to make change. The people who love your child regardless of their age, color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, or any other difference under the sun. "While we've seen growing numbers (of teachers requesting Wednesday off) in the last week, it's not enough to close". Many textbooks are old and woefully out of date and it's common knowledge that teachers routinely use their own money to buy classroom supplies. North Carolina spends $8,940 on each student - the national average is $11,984.
There are at least 300 educators heading to Raleigh from Buncombe County and Asheville City Schools for the advocacy day, said Paula Dinga, an educator and member of the Buncombe County Association of Educators. "The public needs to understand that this protest goes far beyond better salaries".
"I support our teachers".
Dennis: And it's now launched into a really big day of advocacy, which I'm really excited about.
"We are hoping for business as usual", Ferrell said.