Teachers Stage Walk-In & Rallies, Senate Leader Dubs Action A "Gimmick"

Teachers across the state of North Carolina opted for a walk-in rather than a walk-out Monday morning, but still stirred the pot in protest.

To highlight their displeasure with cutbacks and a lack of pay raises for this year, teachers across the state planned to wear red to work and gather at the front doors of their schools to walk into their workplace together, in show of solidarity.

Teachers in several Eastern Carolina counties were planning rallies and protests either before or after school on Monday. At ECU, dozens of instructors showed up wearing red to show their support.

Senate Leader Phil Berger was a chief advocate of the schools reform plan that GOP legislators say increases accountability and financial responsibility. The Rockingham County Republican says schools are no place for politics.

"We appreciate the overwhelming majority of our teachers whose hard work and commitment are vital to the success of our children." said Berger. "But we don't appreciate the bully tactics of an organized union that puts kids' safety at risk to gin up its membership and inflate the salaries of its executives."

The North Carolina Association of Educators said it promoted the walk-in event as an alternative to a "walk-out" which had been pushed by some teachers recently.


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North Carolina public school educators who are unhappy with recent spending cutbacks and another year without pay raises will highlight those challenges as they head to work this week.

Many teachers intend Monday to participate in a "walk in" in which they'll wear red and enter together through the front door on the way to morning classes as a sign of unity. They're also being urged to hold meetings after school to discuss concerns. They're inviting parents and elected officials to visit.

The North Carolina Association of Educators promoted the event as an alternative to a "walk-out" pushed by some teachers in recent months. Public employee strikes are against state law.

Some Republican legislators say NCAE is still actively promoting a strike. The group's top leader says that's not true.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)


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