Rep. Mark Walker Weighs in on North Carolina's Teacher Issues

Rep. Mark Walker Weighs in on North Carolina's Teacher Issues

Some North Mecklenburg High School teachers spent their time after school Tuesday making signs for the teachers rally in Raleigh on Wednesday. Commentaries about education and teacher-led actions have dominated opinion pages in newspapers around the state.

"I'm personally invested, not only as a legislator, but also as a parent and I am proud of the work that happens every day in schools across the state, of the miracles that are worked", Moore says.

Carolynn Phillips, teacher of the year for Brunswick County, said it is worth losing a school day for long-terms gains for the education system.

"We respect and value our teachers' commitment to advocating for education", Superintendent Tony Baldwin said in a statement. Whereas 66 percent of students in Durham Public Schools were eligible for free and reduced lunch, only 7 percent of CPSC students were eligible for the program.

While there is more work to be done, each year the socioeconomic diversity of our student body better reflects the strengths found in the rich diversity of our community and delivers on the mandate for N.C. charter schools to provide increased learning opportunities for those most in need.

Meanwhile, North Carolina's overall per-pupil funding-about $9,500 per student-also lags the national average of about $12,000. That's 32 days and when you do the math that equals about $53 per day.

Across the USA 30 percent of new teachers leave the profession within five years. The percentage in Cumberland County is even lower, which means that teacher with five years experience earns a supplemental salary of $2,618.


Edgecombe County Public Schools made no move to cancel classes on Wednesday.

While Congressman Mark Walker is a federal lawmaker, he's certainly paying attention to what's going on with teachers at the state level. He says he would have been teaching sooner but people discouraged him from the profession. There could be a semantic argument that Wednesday's presentation by teachers would be "union activity".

"Educators are preparing for a rain or shine March for Students and Rally for Respect", she said.

"An analysis by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy finds North Carolina would have $3.5 billion more in annual revenue if lawmakers had not changed the tax system that was in place in 2013". They have plenty of legitimate grievances. Police estimate that roughly 1,000 people attended a rally late Monday afternoon behind the Legislative Building on Halifax Mall.

Some teachers are expected to begin filing into the legislature after the march. Well, how do you get highly-qualified teachers, and want to keep them, and not really give them advancement for having those degrees? And when we had mentor pay, we had more mentors. Our schools have problems.

Republican leaders in the General Assembly said that teachers will get their fifth-consecutive pay raise in the coming budget. Our legislators need to do more to ensure we have excellent schools.

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