CMS Teachers Push for Education Change

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by WCCB Charlotte

 CHARLOTTE, NC -- Charlotte educators want lawmakers to hear their message loud and clear when the general assembly returns to Raleigh.  The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Association of Educators want raises for all school employees, not just teachers.  Teachers want to reinstate higher pay for higher degrees.  Educators also believe kids are being over-tested.  They want to limit the amount of standardized testing in the classroom.

"It's not just teachers," said Charles Smith of CMAE.  "I mean, we're not just here to say, 'Give us more money'.  We're here to say, 'Fund public education in the way that it should be funded in North Carolina.'"

Veteran teachers say Governor Pat McCrory's teacher pay-raise doesn't help them.  State lawmakers plan to raise the starting salary to $35,000.  The state house and senate convene May 4.

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