NC teachers plan walk-out to protest state lawmakers

NC teachers plan walk-out to protest state lawmakers

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by DIANNE GALLAGHER / NBC Charlotte

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WCNC.com

Posted on October 2, 2013 at 5:11 AM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 2 at 5:20 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- North Carolina teachers may be walking out of classrooms next month to protest decisions made by state lawmakers over the past couple years.

More than 500 people have already responded to an invitation sent out by the Facebook group 'Teacher Walkout November 4.'  The group description says the goal is for teachers to receive respect, increased compensation and a better balance between workload and expectations.

Charlie Smith, President of Charlotte Mecklenburg Association of Educators, is quite aware of the movement. 

"Teachers are fed up," he said, "I've talked to principals willing to let teachers take personal days in order to support the cause." 

However, CMAE is not endorsing the Walkout.  Neither is the North Carolina Association of Educators. 

"They don't feel it is necessarily the right way to go about it," explained Smith, "this state could say it is a strike."  It is illegal for state employees to strike in North Carolina. 

Teachers have been participating in solidarity movements and protests since the school year began. Many "Wear Red for Public Ed" on Wednesdays.  Beverly Woods Elementary School teacher MArie Calabro started Walk to the Sidewalk Wednesdays last month. 

"We just hold signs, positive signs, supporting teachers," said Calabro, "our numbers are increasing each week. We're up to 30 now."  She documents her movement online. 

Calabro doesn't think she'll be walking out in November. She wants to see more teachers petition lawmakers and use other avenues before it comes to walkouts. 

 

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