COLUMBIA, S.C. (WCSC/AP) - A group of South Carolina teachers organized on social media is asking all teachers to take a day off during the middle of next week and march on the Statehouse.
SC for Ed is organizing the All Out On May 1 rally, saying lawmakers have not done enough this year to help teachers after promising education reform.
"We want our state to understand that educators are tired of being ignored in our mission to improve the future for our children," a statement dated Sunday and posted to the group's Facebook page states.
The group says the state legislature ignored a 10 percent pay raise request agreed upon by three major teacher representative entities and discarded it in favor of a lesser raise that "does not meet the minimal goal of increasing the average teacher salary in South Carolina to the Southeast average."
They also are upset the General Assembly has not passed proposals to reduce class sizes, guarantee teachers at least a short break without students and add social workers and counselors.
“For over a decade educators in this state have been continuously pushed aside and neglected as we give our best to the students we love so dearly including: the clothes off our backs, the money in our wallets, the love in our hearts, and the tears in our eyes,” the statement reads. “We all know that we cannot sufficiently educate our students without the resources our schools so desperately need, thus the legislature needs to appropriately fund education and pass effective educational policy.”
A similar rally is planned for North Carolina on May 1, where a number of the state’s larger school districts have canceled classes.