Dear Educators and Public Education Supporters –

On May 16th, it’s Personal.

Thousands of North Carolina teachers are taking a personal day on May 16th to be in Raleigh at the opening of the North Carolina General Assembly. We need you there with us.

If you are a North Carolina public school educator, please put in your personal day request today and make plans to join us in Raleigh.

If you are a supporter of public education in North Carolina, please make plans today to join us in Raleigh.

North Carolina is 39th in the nation for per pupil spending. We are 37th in the nation for teacher pay. Almost 25% of NC’s children live in poverty. Over 7,452 NC teacher assistants have been lost since 2008 The average cost for a family health insurance plan for an NC state employee is $9,576. Thousands of North Carolina teachers work second jobs and many public school workers qualify for public assistance. Despite an economic recovery since the crash of 2008, NC state lawmakers refuse to invest in our public schools.

What do we want? We want a legislature that provides the schools our students and communities deserve. We want a legislature that invests in public education instead of giving away billions of dollars in tax breaks to big corporations run by the rich and powerful.

What do you want? What are you willing to do for public education?
Take our survey here to help shape our demands and strategy.

Ready to come to Raleigh on the 16th?
RSVP here!

Are Folks From Your School or District Coming?
Complete this short survey to tell us more!

Need more information? Have questions?
Visit May16.org for More Information and Resources.

All over the country, educators and supporters of public education are speaking out for our students, our schools and our communities. From West Virginia, Kentucky, Oklahoma, and now Arizona, where over 50,000 educators marched on Thursday.

In North Carolina, May 16th is our time. All across our state, thousands of educators are getting ready to come to Raleigh — including 800 from Durham alone — to make our voices heard.

We need you there with us.

Sincerely,

The May 16th Coalition

PS: Do you live in the Charlotte area or the Triangle? There are several May 16th planning meetings happening this weekend — join us in Mecklenburg County, Wake County or Durham County!