CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Charlotte educators are calling on parents, students and everyday citizens to rally in support of education.

They're asking people to flood uptown Charlotte in a sea of red next Saturday. They want to send a message to lawmakers.

We don't like what's happened to education in our state.

Their biggest concern is low pay and teachers who are leaving.

The biggest issue is that we need to retain teachers, and we need to stabilize our schools. And we need to stop losing them to other counties and to other states, or leaving the profession, Erlene Lyde of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Association for Education said.

Lyde says low pay affects all school employees. She says some workers salaries are so low, they're living in poverty and can't afford to feed their families.

The rally is planned for next Saturday at noon at Marshall Park.

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