WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- The North Carolina Association of Educators, teachers, parents and other supporters of public education held two rallies in Winston-Salem and Greensboro Wednesday and said lawmakers need be held accountable for funding changes the group calls detrimental to public schools.
Speakers at the event said a lack of pay raises, no increased compensation for those with advanced degrees, increased class size and vouchers for private school are all changes that will hurt North Carolina classrooms.
"How are we going to attract professionals and really good teachers? Our children deserve that, it is what children deserve in North Carolina is a good public education," said Stokes County teacher Crystal Folger-Hoewks, who has decided not to teach next year because of the changes.
"If we felt like we were respected and got a little bit of compensation to continue to be not on food stamps, we'd be ok, but we feel like we don't have respect of the legislature and that is a disturbing thing," said Anne Petitjean, a Forsyth County teacher.
NCAE is holding these rallies all over the state this week and encouraging teachers to "Wear Red for Public Ed" during the first week of school.