GREENSBORO, N.C. -- A growing number of school districts will close for the day on May 16 for a planned teacher rally in Raleigh.
The absences come as teachers throughout the state are taking part in the 'March for Students and Rally for Respect.’
The North Carolina Association of Educators is organizing the rally at the Generally Assembly.
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.
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