Michael Bragg, Winston-Salem Journal
As thousands of teachers across North Carolina plan to rally in Raleigh on May 16 — and some districts have opted to close schools that day — educators from Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools are planning on attending, as well.
Hosted by the North Carolina Association of Educators, the March for Students and Rally for Respect takes place the same day the General Assembly goes back into session.
The event is focused on more than just teacher pay — where North Carolina ranks 37th in the nation — but also advocating for more per pupil spending, classroom resources, school safety and more, organizers said.
“On May 16, educators, parents, community members and faith-based institutions will meet at the NCAE Headquarters and march together to the Legislative Building,” Ronda Mays, president of the Forsyth County Association of Educators, said.
“We will do this for our students and the resources and schools all our students deserve, regardless of the ZIP code they live in,” she said. “We will listen as our lawmakers are in session and take the time to speak with them about the issues surrounding public education. We will end our day with a rally for respect for all educators and public education.”
As of Friday morning, more than 4,750 educators in North Carolina will be in Raleigh, according to May16.org.