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Wed May 16, 2018, 11:17 AM

Thousands of NC teachers marching through downtown Raleigh toward legislature

Source: The News&Observer

RALEIGH

Downtown Raleigh was filled Wednesday morning with thousands of teachers marching up Fayetteville Street to the state legislature to demand that lawmakers do more to raise teacher pay and education spending in North Carolina.

As many as 20,000 people are expected to attend the "March for Students and Rally for Respect," the largest act of organized teacher political action in state history. The historic all-day event is resulting in more than one million public school students having the day off because schools couldn't find enough substitute teachers to keep schools open for classes.

The marchers, almost all wearing red to show support for teachers, chanted slogans such as "This is what democracy looks like" and "What do we do when public education is under attack? We fight back."

Signs included saying such as "NC teachers are superheroes" and "I shouldn't have to marry a sugar daddy to teach in North Carolina."

Read more: http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/article211172024.html



I took my own shot from the roof top of my high rise apartment building which is two blocks away from Fayetteville St.




This is a terrific turnout despite the threat of thunderstorms this afternoon. We've already had one pretty good shower.

I am so pleased to see the teachers in North Carolina joining this national movement. There are better photos of the mass of teachers at the link.

When Snowy and I walked up to the State Capitol grounds this morning (at 7 am) there were already at least 8 news trucks parked there. It's getting a good deal of local coverage. There is a helicopter hovering in the skies, too, which I can see from my apartment window.

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mnhtnbb May 2018 OP
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Response to mnhtnbb (Original post)

Wed May 16, 2018, 11:21 AM

1. With NO school - I hope many parents, with their children, are marching right along

side their teachers....doing the right thing, for the most people...

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Wed May 16, 2018, 11:27 AM

2. K & R. n/t

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Wed May 16, 2018, 12:36 PM

4. This is what democracy looks like!

Favorite chant ever.

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Wed May 16, 2018, 07:38 PM

5. Big K & R for North Carolina teachers, staff, students and all. Bravo!

Great slogans, 'This is what democracy looks like'!

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Wed May 16, 2018, 09:47 PM

6. *Do Teachers' Benefits Make Up for Lower Pay?*- Pensions, Social Security, Health Ins., Summers Off

The article outlines basic teacher benefits, positives and important deficits.
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USA Today, "Do Teachers' Benefits Make Up for Lower Pay?" May 16, 2018.

Teachers are public employees and generally receive pension and insurance benefits (medical, dental, vision) that cover themselves and their families. But are these benefits overly generous? Do the benefits make up for lower pay?

"I wouldnít necessarily say itís generous, itís way better than having nothing," said Tyson Gardin of Fort Mill, S.C., a physical education health teacher. "Itís not something I can complain about because there are people that donít have anything." "You get a state plan but it comes out of your check, itís not something thatís free," he added.

Recent teacher rallies and strikes in Arizona, Colorado, Kentucky, Oklahoma and West Virginia have put a spotlight on teacher pay and benefits.



These are some of the issues surrounding benefits and what teachers have to say about them:

*PENSIONS:
The vast majority of public school teachers are eligible for defined benefit plans where the state promises a guaranteed payout for life upon retirement based on length of service and earnings history. Generally, both the employer and employee make contributions and the state is responsible for investing the money to fund the pensions.
The traditional defined benefit pension can be quite generous for teachers who have put in many years of service since the payout grows larger with time.

But many state pension plans are underfunded and a push for pension reform has attempted to address this issue by modifying the plans. The modifications include lowering benefits for new hires, increasing employee contributions and reducing cost of living adjustments for retirees. "Pension costs have been shifted to the individual," said American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten, as teachers are being required to increase contributions to their pension program.
A smaller number of states offer defined contribution plans, similar to 401(k)s, that do not guarantee a set payout. Instead, employers and employees contribute money to an account that the individual is responsible for investing to fund their retirement.

*SOCIAL SECURITY:
Complicating the retirement savings picture, about 40% of public school teachers, or more than 1 million, are not covered by Social Security, according to Bellwether Education Partners, a nonprofit education organization.
Social Security originally only covered private workers, but in the 1950s, Congress allowed states to extend coverage to its workers. Some states opted out of enrolling their workers and instead relied on pension plans with more generous payout formulas, according to TeacherPensions.org, a project of Bellwether Education Partners.

Most teachers in these 15 states and the District of Columbia do not pay into the Social Security system and do not receive benefits, TeacherPensions.org says: Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Missouri, Nevada, Ohio, Rhode Island, and Texas.
Some teacher organizations argue that pension plans are not working for teachers and leave too many unprotected. TeacherPensions.org estimates "that half of all Americans who teach in public schools wonít qualify for even a minimal pension benefit, and less than one in five will remain long enough to earn a normal retirement benefit."
The study recommends enrolling all teachers into the Social Security system to provide a level of retirement protection that is portable.

*HEALTH INSURANCE:
The average monthly teacher employee contribution for family coverage health care rose from $334.40 in 2010 to $460.16 in 2016, according to the Bureau of Labor Statisticsí National Compensation Survey.
The portion of health insurance premiums public school teachers contribute has risen to 38%...

More, including teacher benefits compared with those of other professions....https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/other/do-teachers-benefits-make-up-for-lower-pay/ar-AAxmBFX?li=BBnbcA1

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