CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - Teachers across the Tar Heel state will travel to Raleigh to rally for higher wages and better working conditions. For those who can't make it to Raleigh, there will be a rally of support and solidarity held in the Queen City.
"I want the top teachers in every state to want to work in North Carolina," Senator Jeff Tarte said.
Recruiting and keep top teachers is the goal Senator Tarte said but some CMS educators say they aren't paid top dollar.
"If you adjust for inflation then we have seen a six percent decrease in salary."
Smaller class sizes, safer classrooms, and higher pay are some of the reasons teachers are rallying in Raleigh on Wednesday. Those who can't make the trip will gather in First Ward Park at 11 a.m. in Charlotte's March for Students and Rally for Respect.
Legislators said they have given teachers a pay increase every year since 2015, but here in North Carolina salaries are still less than the national average.
"I haven't seen a dime."
"The veteran teachers have been seeing virtually no increase. Absolutely agree with that. No increase is not exactly accurate. Last year, every single state employee received $1,000 pay raise."
There are some perks for younger teachers.
"Teachers now in the system can get to the same pay they did at year 30, now get to that pay scale at year 15."
But new teachers coming to the state no longer get paid for having a Master's Degree or any education beyond a Bachelors.
"We did not take that away for any teacher who had that. What we did do is disclose that for new teachers," Tarte said.