Teachers Rally In Gaston County To Prioritize Students

GASTON COUNTY, N.C. — With less than three weeks until the next budget year, teachers in Gaston County are calling on lawmakers to put students first.

More than a dozen teachers rallied at Tuckaseegee Park in Mount Holly calling on lawmakers to prioritize students by not passing anymore corporate tax cuts.

They join other education advocates across the state calling for a budget proposal that they say appropriately funds public schools.

They claim the current plan doesn’t have the best interest of students or teachers in mind.

“Education, that’s your future. You talk about infrastructure, that’s your future,” Gaston County teacher Bradly Smith said. “That’s who’s going to run this state in 10 years, 15 years. you want them all to be dumb. You all want them to not have a good education and good jobs?”

The next state budget for 2021-2022 starts on July 1st.