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Teachers descend on downtown Raleigh

Yesterday, teachers marched on downtown Raleigh with a list of demands, including more school support staff, better pay for all school employees — and a $15 minimum wage for all school personnel — Medicaid expansion, restoration of state retiree health benefits for teachers hired after 2021, and a restoration of master's pay for teachers.

At least 34 districts closed school in advance of the rally, and House legislators hunkered down in the General Assembly debating the House budget during the House appropriations committee, which ran all day with only a two-hour break midday. EducationNC covered the rally throughout the day and updated this post with the latest news.

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Alex Granados is a researcher and legislative reporter for EducationNC. He grew up in Raleigh where he attended Jeffreys Grove Elementary School, Leesville Road Middle School and Cardinal Gibbons Catholic High School. Alex attended Wake Technical Community College before transferring to and graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in journalism in 2005.… Read full bio »

Formally trained in digital journalism, Greg Asciutto teaches and manages English department operations at Garinger High School in Charlotte. Outside of the classroom, Asciutto works in the field of poverty alleviation, specifically as it intersects with public mental health and homelessness. As a North Carolina native, his vision is to build regional partnerships that foster economic opportunities for at-risk youth and their families.

Analisa Sorrells is the Associate Director of Policy and Engagement for EducationNC. Analisa grew up in Windermere, Florida where she attended the local public elementary, middle, and high school. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a bachelor’s degree in public policy and a minor in reporting from the UNC School of Media and Journalism. … Read full bio »

Rupen R. Fofaria is a researcher and reporter for EdNC. He grew up in Garner, NC and went to school at Washington Elementary, Ligon Middle and Enloe High Schools before receiving his B.A. in Journalism from the University of Maryland and J.D. with Honors from Chicago-Kent College of Law. Rupen is an award-winning journalist and former staff writer at The Orlando Sentinel, The Raleigh News & Observer and ESPN.com. His passion is storytelling and shining light on untold and under-reported issues. 

Robert is EdNC’s multimedia strategist. He is a journalist and award-winning documentary filmmaker in the Triangle. Robert attended both public and private grade schools in North Carolina and graduated from the Media and Journalism school at UNC-Chapel Hill. He has produced video content for The News & Observer, ABC11-WTVD, UNC-Chapel Hill, The News Reporter and more.… Read full bio »

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