CMS teachers prepare for rally in Raleigh

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On Wednesday, Raleigh is expected to see a massive teacher turnout for what's been dubbed the March for Students and Rally for Respect.

"At this time, 71 teachers have requested personal leave or leave without pay and that is a much higher rate than normal for teacher absences on a typical day".

"When Democratic Governor Bev Perdue furloughed teachers and cut their pay, literally took money out of their paychecks, they did not walk out of the classroom", he said.

He ended the post by thanking teachers who aren't planning to participate in the rally, saying they are the one who "stand up to the bullies and self serving thugs of the Teachers Union and believe in showing up for work".

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North Carolina teachers did not organize a walkout when the state ranked worse for teacher pay under Democratic leadership, Woodhouse said.

In an apparent pre-emptive strike, House Speaker Tim Moore said budget leaders in the House and Senate on Tuesday officially committed to at least a 6.2% increase in teacher salaries for the upcoming fiscal year. He says he would have been teaching sooner but people discouraged him from the profession.

"I think a lot of us started to see, 'well shoot, if West Virginia can do it, North Carolina can do it, ' " middle school Spanish teacher Sally Merryman told NPR.

Walker says his wife told him to go after his passion and that's when he pursued a teaching career.

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Woodhouse also said his organization will release a new application Wednesday that will allow teachers and others to accurately check teacher pay.

"This plan must include restoration of compensation for advanced degrees and longevity", the state teachers group said. North Carolina spends $8,940 on each student - the national average is $11,984.

While Congressman Mark Walker is a federal lawmaker, he's certainly paying attention to what's going on with teachers at the state level. North Carolina ranks 39th in the nation for teacher pay, up from 47th in 2013.

Teachers are demanding the state catch up in teacher pay and per-pupil expenditure within the next four years.

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