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Thu May 17, 2018, 09:46 AM

In North Carolina, 20,000 skip school as teachers strike movement swells

“It’s personal,” said the 48-year-old African American teacher Michelle Burton, a librarian in the Durham county school system, as she stood next to a marching band playing the Star Wars theme under a banner that said Education Strikes Back.

Burton was far from alone. She was one of some 20,000 teachers and their supporters who used personal days on Wednesday to call out of work, forcing 40 North Carolina school districts to cancel classes for more than 1 million students.

Using the Twitter hashtag #ItsPersonal, the protest marked the sixth state to go on strike since West Virginia teachers successfully struck in March, highlighting low salaries and poorly funded public schools. The series of strikes in the education sector have won plaudits from across the labor movement and have struck a chord as public opinion polling shows overwhelming support. They have also won concrete economic gains in terms of pay rises in states like West Virginia, Oklahoma and Arizona.

Burton, a second generation graduate of the University of North Carolina, said the underfunding of public schools was something she truly did take personally. Her father, a graduate of the class of 1965, helped integrate the university during the civil rights era. “North Carolina had this reputation as a Southern state that was very progressive, we would go back to that if we funded our schools,” said Burton.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/education/2018/may/16/north-carolina-teachers-strike-low-pay-poor-funding-schools

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Thu May 17, 2018, 11:45 AM

1. Teachers can't strike in NC

They had to take personal days (for which I believe they paid a $50 fee) and called it an "advocacy day".

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