Travis Fain of WRAL points out,

The NCAE slices the data on teacher salaries differently than the GOP leadership, saying the state is one of the worst in the country in per-pupil spending, which it puts at $2,400 behind the national average. The state ranks 37th in the country in teacher pay, according to the group, which has given up on working with the Republican majority and is focused on flipping seats in the November elections.

“We don’t anticipate much change from this group,” NCAE President Mark Jewell said. “So, we’re going to change the players in the game.”

This always has been the purpose of the May 16 Walkout Wednesday event. The goal of the N.C. Association of Educators is to champion Democratic candidates and elected officials.