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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