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NCAE rallies to express state budget concerns

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Educators from across North Carolina voiced their concerns over the state budget and how it will impact teacher salaries during a rally in Raleigh on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, House and Senate budget negotiators met behind closed doors to try to come to an agreement on a revised state budget ahead of the July 1 deadline.

Teachers are waiting on a final budget to see what kind of raises they will get.

The Senate is proposing about an 11 percent increase for teachers in exchange for them relinquishing their tenure or "career status." The Senate's proposal also eliminates half of the state's teaching assistant jobs. NCAE President Rodney Ellis said Wednesday that this plan isn't a plan at all.

Meanwhile, the House is proposing about a 5 percent increase partially funded by the education lottery.

The North Carolina Association of Educators, which supports raises for teachers, hosted a “Schools Out” Educator Rally Wednesday in Raleigh. Educators shared their concerns, ranging from pay to what public schools really need.

At Wednesday morning's press conference,the NCAE said that teachers are tired of fighting what it calls, "The constant attacks on public education."

Ellis claims that lawmakers are trying to eliminate public education in North Carolina.

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