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On Wednesday as many as 20,000 North Carolina public school teachers are expected to deliver a simple math lesson to lawmakers: If you put less in, you get less out. Across North Carolina, teachers have resisted those negative turns, but after years of budget austerity and policy changes that have stung and belittled teachers, they have had enough. Like teachers in other Southern states where school funding has been squeezed to allow for bigger tax cuts, North Carolina’s teachers are fed up and showing up. North Carolina teacher pay ranks 37th in the nation and is $9,600 below the national average. There are fewer teachers per student than in 2008 and schools have lost nearly 7,500 teacher assistants due to state budget cuts.
As wealthier counties increase local teacher pay supplements to offset losses in state funding, poorer counties are increasingly unable to attract or retain teachers. North Carolina teachers and parents are seeing through that storyline too, but legislative leaders won’t give it up. Legislative leaders supported increases in teacher pay, especially for new teachers. The increase bypasses teachers with more than 25 years of experience and barely keeps up with what most teachers have lost to inflation. What’s needed is a series of scheduled pay hikes across the board that will take North Carolina teachers’ pay up to the national average.
Apart from sniping at teachers over a day of lost class time, Republican leaders have shown no intention of listening to the message teachers are so urgently bringing to Raleigh. All told, nearly a million of the state’s students – some 65 percent – will have an unexpected holiday today as many teachers from these systems head to Raleigh for the North Carolina Association of Educators’ sponsored March for Students and Rally for Respect.
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CA Mom Of 10 Denies Allegations Kids Were Tortured In Filthy Home
CA – A Fairfield mother accused of neglecting her 10 children, one as young as 4 months old, denied any abuse. Ina Rogers, 30, is charged with child endangerment and the children’s father, Johnathan Allen, 29, is charged with torture and child abuse after the kids were found living in what police called squalor-like conditions filled with human and animal feces scattered throughout their house. Greg Hurlbut, a spokesman for the Fairfield Police Department, said the investigation began March 31 when officers responded to a report of a missing child in the 2200 block of Fieldstone Court. As part of the search for the couple’s missing child, the home was searched. Hurlbut said the missing 12-year-old was found a short time later, sleeping under a bush in the yard of a nearby home.
Rogers, who was arrested that night but later released on bail, told the media the allegations were false. In media interviews outside her home, Rogers held photos of her children saying the home was a mess because she was searching for her 12-year-old child. Allen was arrested May 11 and charged with seven counts of torture and nine counts of felony child abuse. Solano County Chief Deputy District Attorney Sharon Henry told reporters that prosecutors are seeking to file more charges against Rogers but did not state the extent of what those charges may be. Earlier this year, authorities said 13 homeschooled children were found malnourished and tortured in a home in Perris, a Southern California city in Riverside County.
Their parents, David and Louise Turpin, are facing similar charges of torture and child endangerment.