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‘Grade-In’ Day to highlight work NC teachers take home with them

Teachers, students and other protestors march from Middle Creek HS to West Lake Middle School in Apex, NC on Nov. 4, 2013. Protestors wore red and held signs as part of a statewide network of teacher walk-ins on Monday to promote more funding for public education and complain about state Republican leaders.
Teachers, students and other protestors march from Middle Creek HS to West Lake Middle School in Apex, NC on Nov. 4, 2013. Protestors wore red and held signs as part of a statewide network of teacher walk-ins on Monday to promote more funding for public education and complain about state Republican leaders. cseward@newsobserver.com

Public school teachers around North Carolina are participating Wednesday afternoon in “Grade-In” Day to highlight the amount of work they take home with them every day.

“Grade-In” Day is being promoted by the N.C. Association of Educators to help push for more school funding as the General Assembly starts its short session. Among the places where events will be held are Chapel Hill, Durham, Raleigh and Winston-Salem.

The Raleigh event will be from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Crabtree Valley Mall Food Court.

“Many of our legislators say that our public schools are failing, while they continue to make cuts to our funding,” said Wake NCAE President Larry Nilles in a press release. “This means fewer adults in our buildings. This means no money for updated textbooks, supplies or technology.

“This means even more work and planning on the part of educators to maintain the Schools Our Students Deserve. Join us as we take into the public the work we would normally take home to complete. We want to show everyone just how much public school teachers do for students and schools in and out of the school building.”

The events in Durham are scheduled from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at Northgate and Southpoint malls.

Grade-in Day is part of the Schools Our Students Deserve Campaign, which was called for by NCAE, Public Schools First North Carolina, the NC Justice Center, Progress NC and the Southern Vision Alliance. Events are taking place throughout this statewide “Week of Action.”

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