GREENSBORO, N.C. -- A growing number of school districts will close for the day on May 16 for a planned teacher rally in Raleigh.

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The absences come as teachers throughout the state are taking part in the 'March for Students and Rally for Respect.’

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The North Carolina Association of Educators is organizing the rally at the Generally Assembly.

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The following school districts are closed on May 16:

  • GUILFORD COUNTY SCHOOLS
  • WINSTON-SALEM FORSYTH COUNTY SCHOOLS
  • ALAMANCE BURLINGTON SCHOOLS
  • ASHEBORO CITY SCHOOLS
  • DAVIE COUNTY SCHOOLS
  • LEXINGTON CITY SCHOOLS
  • THOMASVILLE CITY SCHOOLS
  • WAKE COUNTY SCHOOLS
  • CHARLOTTE-MECKLENBURG SCHOOLS
  • CHAPEL HILL-CARRBORO SCHOOLS
  • ORANGE COUNTY SCHOOLS
  • DURHAM COUNTY SCHOOLS
  • IREDELL-STATESVILLE SCHOOLS
  • JOHNSTON COUNTY SCHOOLS
  • WAYNE COUNTY SCHOOLS
  • PITT COUNTY SCHOOLS
  • KANNAPOLIS CITY SCHOOLS
  • CABARRUS COUNTY SCHOOLS
  • ASHEVILLE CITY SCHOOLS
  • UNION COUNTY SCHOOLS
  • MOORESVILLE GRADE SCHOOL DISTRICT
  • NASH-ROCKY MOUNT SCHOOLS
  • NEW HANOVER COUNTY SCHOOLS
  • BRUNSWICK COUNTY SCHOOLS

Teachers are asking for five things from state lawmakers they believe is long overdue for our school system.

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The NCAE says they're asking for these five things from lawmakers:

• Significant investment in per-pupil spending.

• A multi-year professional pay plan for educators, education support professionals, administrators, and all other school personnel, including the restoration of compensation for advanced degrees and longevity and stopping the flat-lining of experienced educators’ pay.

• Increased school nurses, counselors, social workers, and other support personnel, and expansion of Medicaid to improve the health of our communities.

• Fixing decaying schools and large class sizes with a Statewide School Construction Bond.

• Prioritizing classrooms over boardrooms

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