Letter: School system can show support by canceling class
On May 1, Rowan-Salisbury teachers will join educators from around the state in the N.C. Association of Educators march in Raleigh.
The NCAE is asking the legislature to consider increased funding for education; to restore pay for advanced degrees; hire more social workers, nurses, psychologists and librarians; restore health benefits for retirees; and raise the pay of non-certified personnel.
These issues are dear to the hearts of so many Rowan-Salisbury Schools teachers. Unfortunately, many of our teachers feel that they cannot leave school in order to advocate for their profession because they cannot leave their classrooms unattended. By law, state employees cannot collectively bargain. We are left with no one to advocate on our behalf and feel guilty for demanding a day in which to speak up for ourselves.
If Rowan-Salisbury Schools truly supports RSS teachers, the system should show it by canceling school on May 1 so our voices can be heard.
If it truly supports RSS students, RSS should show it by canceling school so our district can send the maximum number of personnel to tell the legislature that our students deserve better.
RSS sent the right message last year. Do the right thing again this time.
— Bob Johnsen
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