RALEIGH, N.C. — State Superintendent Mark Johnson said a "major education announcement" will be made Wednesday morning in Raleigh.

Johnson is set to announce something major at 9 a.m. at the General Assembly downtown. He will be alongside several lawmakers, as well as North Carolina's "Teacher of the Year" — Lisa Godwin.

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The announcement comes on the heels of Johnson's statement that he could not support educators marching for better pay and benefits because they want to do it on a school day, which could force schools to close for the second year in a row.

Tens of thousands of teachers and supporters marched in downtown Raleigh last May for higher pay and better benefits.

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Neither Johnson nor lawmakers have hinted at what the announcement may be.

Last week, North Carolina Association of Educators confirmed to WFMY News 2 they are in the planning stages of another march in Raleigh on Wednesday, May 1. 

The five things educators will be marching for are:

  • Hiring more school social workers, counselors, nurses, and psychologists.
  • Expanding Medicaid.
  • $15 minimum wage for all workers in schools. 5% raise for educators and retirees.
  • Reinstating Master's degree and advanced degree pay.
  • Making sure the retirement package stays the same for educators joining the field after 2021.