Last year, thousands of North Carolina public educators gathered in Raleigh to advocate for improvements in public schools. This year’s rally is scheduled on a school day, and OS1 would like to help educators who aren’t able to attend in person.

Iredell-Statesville Schools closed last year given the large number of teacher absences due to the rally. This year, the I-SS Board of Education has decided to keep schools open and restrict time-off requests for only those teachers and staff members who can find a substitute.

Our Schools First is offering to find parent volunteers who will walk in place of a local educator. The STAND UP, STAND IN campaign will coordinate parents and educators and give them a voice in the May 1st rally.

PARENTS, sign up to walk on behalf of an educator here.

TEACHERS/STAFF, sign up for a parent to walk in your place here.

WATCH: OS1’s president, Beth Packman, explains why we’ve started the Stand Up, Stand In project:

At the recent NCAE convention, delegates from across the state drafted these requests from the North Carolina General Assembly:

  • Provide enough school librarians, psychologists, social workers, counselors, nurses, and other health professionals to meet national professional-to-student standards
  • Provide $15 minimum wage for all school personnel, 5% raise for all ESPs (non-certified staff), teachers, administrators, and a 5% cost of living adjustment for retirees
  • Expand Medicaid to improve the health of our students and families
  • Reinstate state retiree health benefits eliminated by the General Assembly in 2017
  • Restore advanced degree compensation stripped by the General Assembly in 2013