More than 1 million students to miss school as teacher revolt sweeping nation heads to new state


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  • John V. Wood

    I DESPISE THIS HEADLINE! Why in the world do you paint teachers as the villains in this story?

  • SKV

    merit based pay... Your school system is a joke. Technology companies struggle to fill >$100K
    positions and hire immigrants or outsourcing. At
    the same time average US kid just cannot tackle STEM at college due to poor
    school education.

  • Betty Bloop

    these teacher walk outs have all been in republican states....maybe the effort to dismantle public education isn't going too well.

  • Bob

    Another red state which has refused to fund education and teachers. Hardline Republicans adamantly opposed to making the rich pay more and saddling middle class voters with the task of filling in for the rich

  • Blkhawksgrl

    Better hurry school is almost out for summer

  • UniqueCD

    I'm sorry, when you go to school for a profession, you have in mind the average salary for that profession (or you should know)
    I can't just decide 5 years into it, I don't like the pay scale and go on strike.
    Grow up and get back to work....

  • Knute

    Apparently teachers don't work for the children, their schools, their district, their local community, or even their state. They are national employees lobbying for a political party. Thus let the Federal Government pay them with Unemployment Compensation.

  • Solanum

    I'm all for teachers being paid more, but in these articles re: teacher protests I do wish the authors would give stats on where all of the state's employees rank compared to others, not just teachers. And where the state ranks in terms of cost of living. It would be very helpful in judging just how bad things are for the teachers. But again, teachers should all be paid more, and given a classroom stipend that actually covers classroom needs.

  • Knute

    We need a law to make it illegal for teachers to buy any class room supplies. That would prevent teachers from shutdown schools over this issue.

  • Arc_Fault_One

    Tax payers in each state have to pay for any changes but I've yet to see anything coming up for a vote.

  • Eric Schramm

    I notice that since they are walking to the capitols, nobody is talking about giving teachers guns anymore.

  • Matthew Meyer

    Why couldn't they do this on a Saturday or Sunday, or waited 4 weeks until school was out instead of walking out on the children? If they weren't asking for a pay hike I'd be more sympathetic but this isn't just about the children. I'm a detective with 11 years of experience and I make far less than what the average teacher makes, I think all the police officers should do a walk out. It would be like the movie Purge...

  • sixstrings

    in any of these walk-outs and other protests, have the teachers actually articulated how much money they want to be paid?

    i understand they say what they make isn't enough, but have they said what is enough in concrete terms as in a teacher with X years of service and X degrees/credentials should make $X?

    it's one thing to continually complain that your pay isn't enough, but it's not very informative if you never say how much is actually enough.

  • Maybe, Maybe Not

    This whole teacher pay discussion needs to include the realization that some teachers are so grossly incompetent that they'd be overpaid at minimum wage. That's one of the main reasons for the deplorable condition of our schools. My mom was a teacher for 40-plus years and she'd be the first to tell you this. If we raise the pay of teachers, we also need to implement higher standards for becoming one.

    And, of course, the low pay is also partly to blame for the problem of teacher incompetence. If teachers were paid more, then the profession would draw more of the best and brightest to it. As it is, not many of the best and brightest are going to go into teaching instead of more lucrative careers.

  • Youcan'thandlethetruth

    The lack of respect for teachers and education in general has reached its boiling point! Only in this country do we treat teachers with such disrespect!

  • Andrew

    Well, the good people of North Carolina will never give a decent wage to teachers as long as republicans are in power. The scrooge-like republicans are hypocrites of the highest order.

  • jake

    An easy solution to this problem is to determine who in the government does not want to fund schools in their state. Those that do not wish fund schools properly should not be allowed to send their children to these schools and instead should homeschool them. But then maybe many of these legislators send their kids to private schools so they don't want to pay for public education for somebody else's kids.

  • Trumpanning

    Trump truly does like the poorly educated, as do most would be dictators. Anything he can do to keep people poorly educated, especially the lower to middle classes, is on the table.

  • Progressives Progress

    Good for them Stand strong!