The government shutdown continues to hit NC families hard - Vance County is dropping its school lunches to "minimum level" to conserve food. Tell Senators Burr (202-224-3154) and Tillis (202-224-6342) about this! Call as often as you can: "I'm a constituent calling to urge the senator to pass a continuing resolution to fund the government at pre-shutdown levels. School children in Vance County are getting "minimum lunches" with no fresh produce until this ends. What does the senator intend to do about this?"

According to NPR, teachers in Los Angeles have been on strike citing charter schools that are privatized taking dollars away from public schools and dissatisfaction with the "districts plan to reduce class sizes,  improve teacher pay, reallocate district funds and hire more staff — like nurses, librarians and counselors" as being among the reasons for the strike. Also, Denver teachers are anticipated to strike soon.

Meanwhile, teachers in NC are celebrating electing more pro-public school candidates to the NCGA. But what else is going on in the state of education in our state? Our work is not over. Every Wednesday, teachers and public education supporters across NC (actually across the nation) celebrate #RedforEd where they wear red to remind each other and legislators that we are #InThisTogether. This past Saturday public school educators, students, parents, and community supporters held the first Respect for Public Ed Regional Meeting in Raleigh. This was a day of "connecting, learning, and collective planning to win the public schools our students deserve led by the North Carolina Association of Educators." Sign up here to attend a regional meeting in Asheville on January 26th or Charlotte or Greenville on February 2nd.

There are many other education stories in the news across NC. Many of these have recurring themes as seen in the march on May 16 and in other states fighting for #SchoolsOurStudentsDeserve including the need

  1. for more school support personnel (read more here);
  2. for pre-K expansion (which is great because NC Pre-K is one of only two state preschool programs in the nation that measure teaching quality and meet standards) - read more here;
  3. for charter school accountability (NC Charter schools are funded by public dollars yet charter schools are lagging behind traditional public schools);
  4. to build and renovate schools;
  5. for testing reform; and
  6. to lower class size due to an unfunded mandate.

What can you do to stand with our public school students and teachers? Remember to sign up to attend a Respect for Public Ed Regional Meeting and keep your ears open for other events across NC where you can show your support.

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