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

(Teachers were asking for higher salaries and more school funding from the North Carolina legislature. Photograph: Caitlin Penna/EPA)

Over at the Guardian, Payday Senior Labor Reporter Mike Elk filed a dispatch for the Guardian from the North Carolina’s one-day teachers’ strike:

As news helicopters hovered overhead and the rain began to pick up, the National Education Association vice-president, Becky Pringle, a 31-year veteran of the classroom, took to the stage.

“You are in the fight of your lives,” Pringle told the crowd. “In the fight of your lives to ensure that your students have the kind of education that inspires their imagination and prepares them to live into their brilliance.”

“So you can’t be shy about your fierceness or your power,” said Pringle. “So North Carolina my question to you today is – what are you prepared to do?”

“Whatever it takes,” shouted back the crowd.

Go to the Guardian to read the full story. 

About the Author

Mike Elk
Mike Elk is a member of the Washington-Baltimore NewsGuild and is the senior labor reporter at Payday Report. He previously served as senior labor reporter at POLITICO and has written for the New York Times. He also writes for The Guardian.

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