WAXHAW, N.C. — The North Carolina Association of Educators’ “We ❤️ Public Schools” tour is making a stop in Union County on Saturday, April 24th to celebrate educators hard work and stress the need for funding at all N.C.’s public schools.
The stop will take place from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Town Creek Park on Waxhaw-Marvin Road in Waxhaw, North Carolina, according to a news release.
NCAE officials say the event will be socially distanced to reduce the spread of COVID-19, and aims to highlight the strength of public educators and tell positive stories of people who make our public schools great.
The statewide “We ❤️ Public Schools” tour stops in each county on each school day during the spring semester, and officials say the tour is on track to reach all 100 North Carolina counties by the end of the school year.
Officials say Union County educators will also collect signatures for a state budget petition, that asks local school boards and county commissions to call on state lawmakers to pass a state budget that fully funds public education.
Officials say the petition mentions the following;
- Our students need great educators to stay in their classrooms and schools—and not leave for other states. Educators need to be paid like professionals. Support Staff deserves a minimum wage of at least $15/hour, like all other state employees.
- Our students need a nurse in every school, especially as COVID vaccines will not likely be available to all students in time for the fall.
- Our students need access to social and emotional support from counselors, psychologists, and social workers.
- Our students need safe, clean, and modern spaces to learn in. North Carolina needs a statewide school bond. The state has not had one in 25 years.
“We are excited to have the Union County Association of Educators represent lovable leaders from across the school district,” says Union Co. AE Vice President Elena Brown. “This has been a year to remember and our educators, both in the classroom and in support positions, have worked tremendously hard to serve our students. We are working to earn bigger and better things next year for our schools both locally and at the state level by backing the NCAE budget resolutions towards the state. We invite staff and community members to reach out to us to be involved in our efforts.”