NC teachers hold 'walk in' entering schools Monday

Nov. 04, 2013 @ 01:34 PM

North Carolina public school teachers upset about higher workloads, falling buying power and lost job security are walking out of some schools and inviting supporters to walk in at others.

Teachers from Wilmington to Charlotte organized demonstrations Monday to protest decisions by state lawmakers that teachers say hurt educators in a state that already offers some of the country's lowest salaries.

Dozens of educators called in sick or took the day off to demonstrate outside the state Capitol building in Raleigh. Others carried protest signs and invited parents and elected officials to discuss concerns after school.

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.