Jul 30 2013

WRAL: Wearing ‘red for public ed,’ thousands crowd legislative protest in North Carolina

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Raleigh, N.C. — Thousands of North Carolina teachers and other protesters on Monday staged one of the largest of the almost-weekly demonstrations opposing Republican policy decisions.

The North Carolina Association of Educators brought busloads of teachers to Raleigh on Monday as the so-called “Moral Monday” protests reached the three-month mark. Thousands of red-shirt-wearing educators listened to speakers on a lawn inside the state government complex, then marched several blocks for another rally outside the antebellum state Capitol building.

“Educators are sick and tired of being demoralized,” NCAE President Rodney Ellis said at a news conference preceding the rally. “We’re sick and tired of being unappreciated. We’re sick and tired of being disrespected. Public educators and public schools are not failing our students, politicians are.”

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