RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina teachers are rallying in support of several issues they believe will improve public education, including Medicaid expansion.
Teachers are gathering in Raleigh for their second protest in two years. Last year's gathering attracted 20,000 people. The North Carolina of Educators estimated in a permit application that the same number would attend this year's rally.
The House budget released Tuesday includes some of the teachers' demands: higher pay for veteran teachers and restoration of a salary bump for teachers with masters' degrees.
Seventh-grade student Aaron Painter says he's marching because he wants more mental health services in his school, which he says has one full-time counselor.