Local rally held for those who couldn’t go to Raleigh


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — As their fellow teachers and supporters marched through the streets of Raleigh, some teachers held down the fort back home. Teachers and other supporters met at the front of New Hanover County Government Center.

“I think it’s important that we all rally together,” Wrightsboro Elementary School teacher Brandi Laney said. “My mom was a teacher and back in the 90s, she said that she had to do this and about every 20 years, you kind of need to get people’s attention cause it just gets put on the back burner so much.”

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Those who came out brought posters and wore red in support of the rally. Some of the teachers said they could not go because they work extra jobs or they have new family members they need to care for.

“A couple of teachers from my school went to rally but I have a two month old baby and we’re not in daycare yet and my husband works. So I was really excited when I found out that people were meeting here today so we could still have our voices heard,” Pender Early College High School teacher Justine Chew said.

The rally went on all day and the teachers say whether here or in Raleigh, teachers stand together.

Teachers at the local rally said per-pupil spending was one of this biggest issues on their minds. They’re hoping all these efforts will not fall on deaf ears.