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.
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.
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.