Teacher Protests

Teachers at Oaklawn Language Academy near uptown Charlotte protest before school Wednesday morning
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Teachers in many schools across North Carolina staged protests Wednesday morning outside their schools in response to deadlocked negotiations between state lawmakers and Gov. Roy Cooper over educator pay raises.

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Twelve weeks into the school year and still without a raise, teachers plan to picket outside some North Carolina schools Wednesday. 

They're not talking about walk-outs or strikes, but a less disruptive type of demonstration called "walk-ins."

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Nearly 2,100 Charlotte-Mecklenburg teachers and more than 500 school-based staff are taking the day off to participate in the education rally in Raleigh on Wednesday. So far, 33 North Carolina school districts will be closed tomorrow.

South Carolina's education superintendent won't support teachers rallying for better pay and smaller class sizes on a school day and said she will spend the day as a substitute teacher instead.

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Thousands of teachers from across North Carolina are expected to gather in Raleigh on Wednesday for a march to press their demands for more state funding for teacher pay and other improvements.  

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North Carolina lawmakers are considering a change to state law that could prevent school districts from shutting down to allow teachers to take off work to spend the day lobbying legislators.

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It was a sea of red Wednesday as teachers and school workers flooded the streets of downtown Raleigh, calling for more support and funding of the public school system. 

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Iredell-Statesville Schools is joining CMS and other school districts in the decision to make May 16 an optional teacher workday, the district said in a statement. Schools are closing in anticipation for teacher protests that will occur in Raleigh the same day.