by Dr. Terry Stoops
Former Director of the Center for Effective Education, John Locke Foundation
CONTACT: Angela Scioli, FounderRed4EdNC919-291-0077
August 23, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Teachers Across NC to Declare Grievances to Elected State Leaders as Classes Resume
Teachers across North Carolina want to alert state leaders that the momentum from the May 16 Rally for Respect will be channeled into specific strategies to bring about NC legislative action.
On August 24, 2018, teacher leaders representing Red4EdNC, a nonprofit, non-partisan organization of NC teachers, will lead town hall / press conferences in seven locations across NC: Macon County, Asheville, Winston-Salem, Charlotte, Raleigh, Goldsboro and Greenville.
Teachers will invite state elected leaders from the surrounding areas to receive a signed copy of the “Declaration in Defense of NC’s Public Schoolchildren”; Red4EdNC released the document on July 4, 2018. Modeled on the Declaration of Independence, the declaration lists NC teachers’ grievances and outlines a vision to rectify these conditions.
At the press event, Red4EdNC teacher leaders will “take attendance” of which legislators are present. Several teachers will speak briefly to how the itemized grievances are manifest in their classrooms as the traditional school year gets under way. Elected leaders will then be presented with a signed copy of the declaration for study and consideration.
According to Red4EdNC Founder Angela Scioli, “It is important for legislators to hear that while we are heading back to school with enthusiasm and a determination to do the very best for our students, the vast majority of NC teachers are not satisfied with the learning conditions for students nor the working conditions for teachers in North Carolina’s public, including charter, schools. We will not sit back and allow messaging that claims otherwise to dominate the airwaves, especially in a crucial election year. We will use our collective voices and power to force change in policy. Today is another step in that process.”
Upon release of the declaration, Red4EdNC set a goal to have teachers from at least 100 different NC school districts publicly sign the document. As of this release, teachers from 104 districts have participated.
Further information regarding press events is as follows:
Date County Location / address Time Organizer / contact info 8/24 Macon Courthouse – 5 W Main St, Franklin, NC 28734 5pm John deVille:828- 361-3811 Buncombe Courthouse lawn – 60 Court Plaza, Asheville, NC 28801 5pm LeAnna Earls Delph: [email protected]828-767-5889 Forsyth Forsyth Central Library Auditorium –660 West Fifth StreetWinston-Salem, NC 27101 5pm Stu Egan:336-473-1545 Mecklenburg Morrison Regional Library7015 Morrison Blvd.Charlotte, NC 28211 5 pm Justin Parmenter: Wake Leesville Road High School8410 Pride WayRaleigh, NC 27613 12 pm Angie Scioli Wayne Cornerstone Commons200 S. Center St.Goldsboro, NC 5pm Tiffany Kilgore Pitt South Central High570 W Forlines Rd.Winterville NC. 4:30pm Lauren Piner