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In the 1920s and 1930s, the textile workers of North and SC waged heroic struggles in Gastonia and other mill towns against sweatshop exploitation and to end the scourge of child labor. Teachers are photocopying assignments off the internet or from old workbooks because textbooks haven't been replenished in years, North Carolina Association of Educators President Mark Jewell said.

A wave of teacher revolts sweeping the nation is set to hit North Carolina on Wednesday as thousands of educators are expected to swarm the state's capital in a quest for higher pay and more money for education.

"The teacher union could've chosen to do this in a few weeks when school is out". "I feel like this is something that I'm becoming more passionate about, because I'm realizing the impact that it has". "I'm not asking for everything all at once, but I do want to look down the road and feel that I'm progressing towards a better life", he adds.

The Nash-Rocky Mount Board of Education's decision last week to designate Wednesday as an optional teacher workday to allow local teachers to attend a rally about education issues in Raleigh has drawn mixed reactions in the area.

This is the sixth statewide teacher protest since February.

Some state Republican lawmakers call the planned strike illegal, since North Carolina has Right to Work laws.

Teachers say there are about 60 educators from North Mecklenburg High who will attend the rally.

Back when there was a glut of teachers, the threat of firing might have prevented teachers from standing up. But she said she will be there in spirit with her fellow teachers.

These pilgrimages give professional organizations a chance to lobby for their industries' interests. While there is more work to be done, each year the socioeconomic diversity of our student body better reflects the strengths found in the rich diversity of our community and delivers on the mandate for N.C. charter schools to provide increased learning opportunities for those most in need. "For every mandate they pass down, they cut as much from the budget".

Without strong union structures in place, educators are winning concessions through grassroots and online organizing. Meanwhile the Kentucky strike led to vetoes of the governor's cuts to school spending in the budget and tax reform bills.

Is the May 16 teacher walk-out a strike?

Their demands are also political. 81 of the roughly 360 teachers in the county make above the state salary average of $51,124. A record number of women are running for office this fall.

Peacock: Me too. I think it's one of the biggest things that's happened for North Carolina teachers.

"This is not just about teachers".

"We found our courage in the movement from other states, but our anger is our own". Teachers who started their careers 20-plus years ago might be more likely see a job action as betraying their students. If legislative leaders haven't valued public education more than this by now, a one-day publicity stunt (even an admirable one) isn't going to change their minds.

It was then, in 2013, that the seed was planted for a grassroots education movement, Warren said. "The people who are there, caring, day in and day out, who love, LOVE, what they do, and who they do it for".

But the most fundamental motivation here, says McAlevey, is as simple as a pendulum swing.

Melissa Easley, a seventh-grade science teacher in Charlotte, echoes these words. And when we had mentor pay, we had more mentors. "We are at our max, we can't do anymore". He says that has to last until his next paycheck on May 31.

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