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BLOG | NC Teachers Rally in Raleigh For Second-Straight Year

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper and Reverend William Barber are expected to speak at Wednesday's rally.

RALEIGH, N.C. — 12:20 p.m. - 

11:30 a.m. - Here's a look at some of the more creative signs we've seen at Wednesday's rally.

11 a.m. - Teachers are gathering at Halifax Mall.

10:30 a.m. - Teachers and community supporters have started the march!

10 a.m. - After a pit stop to change buses, Winston-Salem/Forsyth County teachers are back on the road!

8:45 a.m. - Here's a list of teacher demands.

8:25 a.m. - Guilford County teachers are officially headed to Raleigh!

8 a.m. - Teachers leaving from Page High School have some signs made for the rally.

7:30 a.m. - Maddie Gardner is talking to teachers from Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools en route to Raleigh.

7 a.m. - 

6:25 a.m. - The first teacher has arrived!

6:10 a.m. - 

5:30 a.m. - North Carolina teachers are taking to the streets for the second year in a row with hopes that a more politically balanced legislature will be more willing to meet their demands.

Teachers, auxiliary staff and supporters will march Wednesday in Raleigh. Speakers will include Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper and the Rev. William Barber, co-chair of the Poor People's Campaign.

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When an estimated 20,000 people marched for teachers last year, Republicans held a veto-proof majority in the state House and Senate. The results of November's election changed that, and now Cooper's vetoes can stand if Democrats remain united.

We'll update this blog throughout the day with the latest happenings. WFMY News 2's Maddie Gardner and Kandace Redd will be riding buses with teachers and supporters to Raleigh while Meghann Mollerus will be at the Capitol Building with the latest happenings. 

Here's the schedule for today's rally:

10 a.m. - Pre-March rally at NCAE headquarters (700 South Salisbury Street)

10:30 a.m. - March to the General Assembly begins

12:30 p.m. - Rally starts on Halifax Mall

1:30 p.m. - Legislative visits 

3:30 p.m. - Buses will pick up educators at NCAE headquarters to return home.

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