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October 30, 2013

Phil Berger, Neal Hunt push back against teacher 'walk-in'

Efforts by Wake County teachers to organize school walk-ins on Monday to complain about the state of public education are drawing complaints from Republican state lawmakers and conservative groups.

Efforts by Wake County teachers to organize school walk-ins on Monday to complain about the state of public education are drawing complaints from Republican state lawmakers and conservative groups.

Teachers across the state had been talking online about not showing up for work on Monday to protest issues such as low pay, loss of tenure and working conditions. But the N.C. Association of Educators has encouraged teachers to instead hold a “walk-in,” including asking educators and parents to wear red, march to school and hold community meetings about the state of education.

Teachers across the state had been talking online about not showing up for work on Monday to protest issues such as low pay, loss of tenure and working conditions. But the N.C. Association of Educators has encouraged teachers to instead hold a “walk-in,” including asking educators and parents to wear red, march to school and hold community meetings about the state of education.

The PTA at Lacy Elementary School in Raleigh is asking for volunteers to cover classrooms from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Monday while teachers meet on campus with parents and community members. Part of the meeting will take place during school hours with the event being broadcast on televisions in the classrooms “so that no one will miss it,” according to the PTA.

Senate leader Phil Berger, a Rockingham County Republican, and Sen. Neal Hunt, a Raleigh Republican, accused teachers of putting children at Lacy at risk for political purposes. Both lawmakers called on state Attorney General Roy Cooper, a Democrat, to investigate the situation. Read more here.

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