Quantcast

Teachers bring 'Red For Public Ed' campaign into classrooms - Greenville, NC | News | Weather | Sports - WNCT.com

Teachers bring 'Red For Public Ed' campaign into classrooms

GREENVILLE, N.C. -

It's a color that stands for anger, passion and action: red.

That's why teachers across our state say they showed up wearing the color for the first day of school. It's all part of their "Red for Public Ed" campaign to protest education cuts.

"The first day of school is important because it kind of sets the tone for the rest of the year," says Mary Carter, principal of Wintergreen Primary and Intermediate in Greenville, who wore a red blazer Monday.

Setting the tone is exactly what teachers were doing when they walked into their classrooms rocking red.     

"Red is a symbol of action," says Mary Robinson, a teacher at South Central High School. "It also shows our outrage at the General Assembly's budget."

The spending plan cut $117 million from education and did not include any pay raises for teachers, whose salaries already rank near the bottom in the nation. It also funneled millions of taxpayer dollars into a new voucher program for private schools, eliminated master's degree pay and ended teacher tenure.

Even more worrisome to teachers is the fact that these cuts happened at a time when teaching positions are shrinking and the student population is growing.

"Teachers are at the forefront and they deserve our support in every way, including monetarily," Carter says.

"Red for Public Ed" is a statewide campaign filled with protests and rallies.

"Part of our jobs as teachers is to bring awareness to students," South Central High School teacher Lauren Piner says as a reason behind bringing the campaign into the classroom.

It's a movement teachers say will show students it's okay to fight for what you believe in.

"I'm going to do the best I can with what I have," Piner says. "Even though I may not have the resources, I still have the passion and I think that will show to the students." 

Red will be a staple in teacher wardrobes this fall. They plan to wear it every Wednesday until lawmakers agree to make some changes.

 

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • MUGS: 27 Arrests Made In Greenville Co. Prostitution Sting

    MUGS: 27 Arrests Made In Greenville Co. Prostitution Sting

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 4:45 PM EDT2014-07-30 20:45:42 GMT
    The operation started July 17 and targeted areas including Old Buncombe Road, Whitehorse Road and hotels in the southern portion of the county, according to sheriff’s office.
    The operation started July 17 and targeted areas including Old Buncombe Road, Whitehorse Road and hotels in the southern portion of the county, according to sheriff’s office.
  • Swim warnings at public beach points in Atlantic Beach

    Swim warnings at public beach points in Atlantic Beach

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 9:32 PM EDT2014-07-31 01:32:25 GMT
    Swim warnings issued at two public beach access points in Atlantic Beach.Swim warnings issued at two public beach access points in Atlantic Beach.
    The N.C. Recreational Water Quality Program issues warnings for two beach access points in Atlantic Beach.
    The N.C. Recreational Water Quality Program issues warnings for two beach access points in Atlantic Beach.
  • Ayden leaders take some heat as they try to tackle flooding issues

    Ayden leaders take some heat as they try to tackle flooding issues

    Thursday, July 31 2014 10:16 PM EDT2014-08-01 02:16:10 GMT
    The Town of Ayden heard from frustrated residents as they held a special meeting Thursday night to discuss concerns about flooding and storm water infrastructure.
    The Town of Ayden heard from frustrated residents as they held a special meeting Thursday night to discuss concerns about flooding and storm water infrastructure.
Powered by WorldNow

3221 South Evans Street
Greenville N.C. 27834

Telephone: 252.355.8500
Fax: 252.355.8568
Email: newsdesk@wnct.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.