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Some teachers back out of Nov. walkout

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Some teachers across the state plan to walk off the job next month to protest budget cuts; but after learning the consequences, others are now backing out.

The walkout is set for Nov. 4, and a Facebook page for it shows nearly 600 teachers signed up.

Teachers have rallied for months and say they're fed up with cuts, layoffs and pay freezes.

But now, they might opt out of the walkout because it violates the NC Board of Education policy and could cost them their jobs. Not to mention North Carolina is a right-to-work state, which means any public employee strike is against the law.

"It’s not what's in the best interest of our profession,” says Emily Klinedinst, a Pitt County teacher and president of the Pitt County Association of Educators. “It's not what's in the best interest of our students."

Klinedinst says the walkout is not worth the risk.

"For us to purposefully, all together, not show up for work means we're turning our backs on the children,” she says.”And that goes against everything we believe in."

Klinedinst is instead planning a "walk-in" next month, where she will invite lawmakers into their schools to see how their cuts really affect the classroom.

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