Organizer: Teacher rally will be 'something Raleigh has never seen'
So far, 26 school districts across North Carolina have canceled classes next Wednesday as anywhere from 10,000 to 15,000 teachers plan to march to the Legislative Building then rally on Bicentennial Plaza.Posted — Updated
According to the North Carolina Association of Educators, which is organizing the event, teachers will meet at the NCAE Headquarters at 10 a.m. and the march to the Legislative Building will begin at 10:30. The Rally for Respect on Bicentennial Plaza starts at 3:30 p.m.
The rally's organizers said teachers plan to meet with House and Senate members to push for additional education funding, including better pay, school safety improvements and repairs to crumbling buildings.
The NCAE website had five specific goals listed:
NCAE President Mark Jewell says more than a dozen buses will be coming to the state capital from across the state.
"The response rate has been incredible," he said. "This will be something Raleigh has never seen. It's going to be gridlock."
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