Dare, Currituck schools to stay open during Raleigh rally

By on May 15, 2018

(North Carolina Association of Educators)

Among the thousands of teachers and students expected to rally in Raleigh Wednesday for better pay and working conditions will be about four dozen from Dare and Currituck counties.

So far, an estimated 38 of the state’s 116 school districts are closing for the rally on the first day the General Assembly reconvenes, according to The Raleigh News and Observer. Many are from large metroplitan areas and represent close to 1 million sudents.

Dare and Currituck county schools will remain open, but as smaller districts, teacher absences will have a bigger effect.

Dare County Schools Superintendent John Farrelly said he is aware of eight teachers planning to take the day off for the rally.

“We support our teachers in their efforts to improve salary and working conditions in the state of North Carolina,” Farrelly wrote in an e-mail.

The school system’s policy requires a five-day notice to take an instructional day off and teachers are not required to provide a reason.

In Currituck County, about 35 teachers and students are headed to Raleigh.

“We are not encouraging or discouraging participation in the event,” Superintendent Mark Stefanik wrote in an e-mail. “The decision to participate or not is a personal one left up to each teacher.”

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  • Really?

    Yep, it’s ALL about what’s best for the students huh??

    Tuesday, May 15 @ 8:07 am
  • Browny Douglas

    The NC teachers need a new Santa Claus.
    Also NC needs to scrap “common core” as its founder Bill Gates recently declared his experiment a failure and should be abandoned”.

    Browny Douglas

    Tuesday, May 15 @ 2:04 pm
  • Ecchicon

    Don’t let the bastards grind you down.

    Tuesday, May 15 @ 3:33 pm
  • Runnerguy

    Some public service jobs should be well paid…I want my police and teachers to make a good salary. Cops and teachers are the backbone of our communities. They make or break us and I want good cops and good teachers.

    Wednesday, May 16 @ 8:10 am
  • dave

    @ Really? Yeah, remember when teachers, police officers, fire fighters, and other public employees crashed the market and sent us into a recession? Yeah, me neither. Teachers are way under appreciated and yes, under paid…..esp here in NC. I guess you think its good to keep our kids stupid; you know, so they won’t let people like you take advantage of them.

    Wednesday, May 16 @ 8:56 am
  • chaser


    Wednesday, May 16 @ 3:45 pm
  • WombatNC

    What private, white-only, priviledged school did you go to?
    Obviously you have know idea what public school teachers deal with on a daily basis. I know a lot of teachers and students here in Dare County. Yes, it is about the kids, but that doesn’t mean teachers have to have 2nd or even 3rd jobs to survive. If you were to earn a Master’s degree (I know, that’s a stretch here), how would like it if you didn’t get a raise for completing it. The cost and time of your efforts, oh well. How would you like it if you’d taught for over 20 years and were told, your pay is frozen at 50K. Thanks for all of your experience and the positive results your students achieve year after year, but, hey 50 grand should be sufficient. The cost of deductibles, supplementals, co-pays, etc. has continued to increase year after year while the pay has failed to keep even a close pace.
    @Browny – yes, scrap the common core, race to the top(bottom) and raise the standards. It’s not just about making people in government, school boards, superintendents, etc. look good on paper, it’s about competing in an ever increasingly competitive world. The right kind of testing is good; too much testing with inflated curves where almost everyone passes, not good!

    Wednesday, May 16 @ 6:58 pm