WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Parents, mark your calendars.
If you have kids in school, keep Wednesday, May 1st in mind - that's the proposed date for the second statewide "Red For Ed" teacher rally in Raleigh.
We've learned teachers are already asking off for that day.
Last year, thousands of teachers stood in the rain and marched through Raleigh streets.
They were demanding better pay, more school funding and smaller class sizes.
Many schools statewide were forced to close because there weren't enough teachers.
We haven't heard of any cancellations for our area this time around, but it could happen.
Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools says 343 teachers have asked off so far.
350 have asked off in Charlotte-Mecklenburg.
Chapel Hill-Carboro's district has decided to close because of all the day off requests.
Guilford County says it's not ready to release numbers, saying it's still a very fluid situation.
Teachers say they're marching for five things this year:
- The need for hiring more social workers and counselors
- Expanding medicaid
- A $15 minimum wage for all school workers
- Reinstate Masters and Advanced Degree pay
- They want retirement packages to stay the same for future educators