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Educators to march on Capitol in 13th 'Moral Monday' protest

Posted July 28, 2013
Updated July 29, 2013

— The legislative session is over and lawmakers have returned home, but protesters plan a final rally Monday against the actions of the Republican-led General Assembly, which wrapped up a whirlwind session on Friday.

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The North Carolina Association of Educators said public education will be front and center at the 13th and final wave of the so-called "Moral Monday" protests, which for the first time will include a march to the State Capitol. 

The teachers group kept a low profile in the early weeks of the Moral Monday demonstrations, but decided it needed to take a stand against the state budget, which has been widely criticized by Democratic lawmakers and liberal groups, including the state chapter of the NAACP, for its impacts on education. 

"When the budget dropped, we looked at each other and we said, 'We have go to take a stand and be there and show our dismay,'" said NCAE Vice President Mark Jewell.

Jewell, NCAE President Rodney Ellis and other members of the group's leadership team were among those arrested last week after sitting down and refusing to disperse inside the Legislative Building.

He predicted that busloads of educators would be among those who protest Monday. "We're encouraging them to wear red for public ed," he said.

The $20.6 billion spending plan provides no raises for teachers. But the NCAE is most upset with the $20 million set aside over the next two years for "opportunity scholarships" to allow low-income public school students move to private schools and the elimination of  "career status," or tenure rights, for veteran teachers. 

"It's heartbreaking," Jewell said. 

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  • Plenty Coups Jul 30, 1:59 p.m.

    "You want MORE money...show us results. Last time I looked, as a whole, teachers weren't doing a good job in NC."

    The you'd be able to back up your claim with proof right?

  • doinbizzness Jul 30, 1:36 p.m.

    Ok, "someone" has to say it. Teachers, enough is enough. Politicians have used you forever. They have complimented your work and made concessions to earn your vote. Your job is no better than the rest of our jobs. I'm in retail and I have lost money during this recession. You want MORE money...show us results. Last time I looked, as a whole, teachers weren't doing a good job in NC.

  • Jul 30, 12:10 p.m.

    Orthodox Celt is like Obama. Complains how it's always someone else who is "wrong" but yet has nothing real to offer.

  • Jul 30, 12:01 p.m.

    "No, you really don't. You like to believe you do, but you really don't. Simply stating you would run it like a business proves this." - Orthodox Celt

    Yes, myself and others REALLY do. All you can do is make excuses like your president.

  • Danny22 Jul 30, 9:54 a.m.

    Why aren't these "moral" folks standing up for the lives of the unborn.

  • ILoveDowntownRaleigh Jul 29, 7:54 p.m.

    "Give the new government the 100 years the Dems had. Rome wasn't built in a day. NC won't be fixed in the first session either..." - justic4all

    :-) 1 of these sentences is not correct. If you recognize which one, then thank a teacher and the North Carolina school system.

  • golorealist Jul 29, 7:09 p.m.

    "Give the new government the 100 years the Dems had." - justice4all

    do you also say "give obama the 8 years that bush had?"

    i'm thinking probably not, and i wonder why.

    besides, this 100 year rhetoric is tiresome. you do realize that the republicans controlled the house from 1995-1998 and we had a republican governor for 12 of the last 40 years, right?

  • Orthodox Celt Jul 29, 7:08 p.m.

    "Give the new government the 100 years the Dems had."

    They won't get it. They will be lucky to survive another term with one seat of power left.

  • Hubris Jul 29, 7:07 p.m.

    "Now how is that going to happen, We are making the Democrates use an ID which apparently they can't get. Then we are taking away their means of transportation because we are cutting off their entitlements. So how the heck are they going to be able to vote out the republicans when there are so many of us that will be voting to re-elect them."

    babedan, even though that's tongue in cheek, they are all good points!

  • Justic4All Jul 29, 6:53 p.m.

    Give the new government the 100 years the Dems had. Rome wasn't built in a day. NC won't be fixed in the first session either. Specially with the people whining about how they liked being in bliss or not in the know. What are the numbers for todays' Monday Marching Band? How many sheep showed? How many meaningless arrests? What are the latest numbers? The average numbers? It makes it sooo interesting when someone can actually cipher.

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