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Chanting slogans like "We are not skipping school, today we teach the golden rule!" public school teachers rallied in Pack Square around the Vance Monument late Wednesday morning as part of the 2nd 'Red For Ed' marches across North Carolina.  An estimated 20-thousand were expected at the main rally in Raleigh at the state capitol, while smaller marches like the one in Asheville were planned around the state.

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House Republicans say the teacher pay proposals in their state government budget plan focus on retaining veteran educators and recruiting newcomers to work in rural and low-wealth counties.

The chamber's budget-writers on Tuesday highlighted public education and other items in the two-year spending bill. Rep. Donny Lambeth of Winston-Salem says average teacher pay will rise 4.8 percent next year in the House plan

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Teachers from all across North Carolina will converge on Raleigh Wednesday for the second ‘Red For Ed’ rally in support public schools.  The president of the Asheville City Association of Educators says the success of the inaugural rally ensured there would be a second one.  

Thousands of teachers wearing red gathered Wednesday in North Carolina's capital ahead of a march and rally to demand better pay and more resources for public schools in the conservative, tax-cutting state.

With messages such as "Respect Public Education" on their shirts and signs, as many as 15,000 teachers from around the state were expected to participate in the march starting at 10:30 a.m.