Classes cancelled May 16 so teachers can rally in Raleigh

Screenshot of Rep. Mark Brody's Facebook page

In response to the high numbers of teachers requesting personal leave that day, 27 school districts across the state - includ- ing Granville, Orange and Durham counties - have chose to close their schools and designate that Wednesday as an optional teacher workday, as they struggled to find adequate substitutes to fill the expected teacher absences. ANNA FLETCHER | courier-times It'll be business as usual for Person County Schools Wednesday, when thousands of teachers across North Carolina plan to gather in downtown Raleigh to demand better pay, resources and working conditions.

PCS says this information was presented to the Board of Education for consideration of calendar adjustment. Other school systems have also announced plans to close schools that day. It will be an optional teacher workday.

She also said she wants teachers to know that the board and leadership for Cabarrus County Schools constantly advocate for them on a regular basis.

The march coincides with the opening of the North Carolina General Assembly and #RedForEd strikes in other states. "One less day of instruction does not help students", Brody said. "We could not consider this", Fertenbaugh said of closing school.

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Last week, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools along with Durham and Chapel Hill- Carrboro school districts chose to make the day an optional teacher work day because too many teachers would be absent.

North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore said teachers will receive an average raise of $4,412 by 2019. As of Friday afternoon, almost 30 school districts around the state had cancelled school Wednesday, including the state's three largest - Charlotte-Mecklenburg, Wake County, and Guildford County. "If I want a thorough assessment of my students, that means that I will be spending more hours grading; it's a trade-off, but I try to do what I think is best for my students to understand the content". "We would be required to have school or go longer in the year which would cause issues with graduations and things".

"They told me they hit triple digits fairly quickly and that made their decision easier", Jordan said. Brody said over the phone, while he supports their message, he does not support the method.

Jordan said he had been in contact with superintendents in neighboring counties as he monitored the number of teachers requesting time off.

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