Educators gather outside the House and Senate chambers with signs during a teachers rally at the General Assembly in Raleigh, N.C., Wednesday, May 16, 2018. Teachers demanding better pay and more resources filled the streets of North Carolina's capital city Wednesday with loud chants and the color red, continuing the trend of educators around the country rising up to pressure lawmakers for change. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Thousands of North Carolina teachers marched. Now what?

May 16, 2018 - 11:20 pm

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina politicians and the public are waiting to see what happens next after thousands of teachers rallied to demand increased spending on public schools.

An estimated 19,000 people marched through the state's capital city. Previous strikes, walkouts and protests in West Virginia, Arizona, Kentucky, Colorado and Oklahoma have led legislators to improve education funding.

The state's teacher advocacy group wants the Republican-dominated legislature to stop tax cuts on upper-income households and corporations taking effect in January.

Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper says the money should go for an average 8 percent teacher pay raise this year, plus money for textbooks and help for teachers who shell out for classroom supplies.

Legislative leaders have promised an average 6 percent pay raise for educators, which would be the fifth in five years.

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