RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Thousands of North Carolina teachers and other protesters staged one of the largest of the almost weekly demonstrations opposing Republican policy decisions.
The North Carolina Association of Educators brought busloads of teachers to Raleigh on Monday as the protests met the three-month mark.
Thousands of red-shirt-wearing educators listened to speakers on a lawn inside the state government complex, then marched several blocks for another rally outside the antebellum state Capitol building.
The $21 billion state spending plan for this year offers no raises for teachers, who are among the lowest-paid in the country. GOP lawmakers also are Cutting public education spending, job security, and education bonuses while creating a grant system for low-income public school students to move to private schools.
North Carolina public school teachers took a beating from this year's General Assembly session. Now their labor organization is planning a protest to show their unhappiness.
North Carolina Association of Educators vice president Mark Jewell says busloads are coming to Raleigh on Monday to protest budget cuts to public education that are hurting classrooms and kids.
The $21 billion state spending plan for this year offers no raises for teachers, who are among the lowest-paid in the country.
The NCAE is most upset with the $20 million set aside over the next two years for grants to allow low-income public school students move to private schools. The group also is angered by the coming end of job security rights for veteran teachers.
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