"We're wearing these to support students and teachers", Broverman said, surprising her mother, who said they had not even discussed the shirts yet.
"We've heard people like Gov. (Roy) Cooper push for a return to the same failed approach that required the furloughing of teachers and the freezing of their salaries by Democrats when they were last in control", said Berger Tuesday in a press conference ahead of the rally.
Tax cuts passed since 2013 have cost the state $3.5 billion in lost annual revenue a year, according to the North Carolina Justice Center, a progressive research and advocacy organization.
Jared Speight, a social studies teacher at North Stanly High School who participated in Wednesday's march, said straightforwardly that his students are being "failed" by the amount of funding the state's schools receive.
Protesters say that as class sizes rise while materials for students across the state become more limited, their primary concern is ensuring that students have all of the resources they need to be successful.
Ahead of Wednesday's event, Republican lawmakers said they have provided teachers with salary increases over each of the past four years and wrote a pay increase for 2018-2019 into the biennial budget passed last year.
An NCAE spokesperson said that 42 out of the 115 school districts in North Carolina-representing 75 percent of the state's student population-closed due to the march.
Teachers wore red and made posters for the event.
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Teacher pay in North Carolina ranked 39th in the country a year ago.
Numerous lawmakers wore red in honor of the teacher rally, and gave the teachers in the gallery a standing ovation for their service. "We are - in some cases - the only positive encounters for these kids, and we have to spend money out of our pockets to do so". "How am I going to respect teachers who shut down the school for a day?" They want a $1.9 billion school construction bond approved to help renovate older buildings, Medicaid expansion for their students, stronger health insurance and pension protections, and an end to corporate tax cuts until school funding and pay are restored to national levels. So regardless of the party affiliation, what we are seeing from this movement is that citizens love their public schools.
- Invest more in spending per student.
"You are coming off 2008 with the biggest recession since the great depression and as you know the government revenues lag a year behind with the economic growth and we do have ground to gain and we do have goals and we are working towards those goals", Elmore said.
Teachers are now scheduled to receive a six-percent pay raise next year, but Cooper is calling on state legislators to bump that pay increase to eight percent. They've had some salary increases in recent years, but when adjusted for inflation, they've lost 9.4% in pay since 2009.
Jewell said teachers will all be back to work tomorrow and they'll also be at the polls in November. "But how do we pay for it?" said Cooper in a speech to the crowd.
Teachers told Brody that schools need more special education teachers and textbooks.
"There is usually not this much excitement during the short session, but its good to see this many folks turning out to support education which is critical to our state and critical to our workforce development", said Sec.