Wake County schools to remain open, despite push for walkout on May 16

CHAPEL HILL, NC (WTVD) -- Wake County Public Schools are still having class on May 16, despite the state-wide push for a teacher walkout.

Recently, North Carolina's second-largest school district, Charlotte-Mecklenburg, decided to join Chapel Hill-Carrboro and Durham Public Schools in allowing teachers to walk out of school to lobby lawmakers in Raleigh with a list of demands.

"This is not a strike, it's a legislative day. It's called rally for respect," said Paulette Jones-Leavan, President of the North Carolina Association of Educators.

Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools made their decision on Thursday, the day after Durham Public Schools voted in support of closing schools that day and treating it as an optional teacher workday.
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The school system will join others in closing for the Day of Advocacy on May 16.

The Chapel Hill-Carrboro school board also voted to make it an optional teacher workday.

Related: Durham school board votes in support of closing schools on May 16

Education leaders say although North Carolina teaching salaries have gone up slightly year-to-year, the state still ranks among the lowest nationwide in overall teacher pay with the total average salary just under $50,000 per year.

They hope a mass walkout will lead to changes in classroom conditions and education.
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