ACTION ALERT: On Monday, April 15, the NC Senate will vote on S359, https://www.ncleg.gov/BillLookUp/2019/S359, the so-called “Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act,” on Monday, April 15. They convene at 2pm and then again at 7pm. Our guess is they will do a second reading at 2p, then try to pass it at 7p. This bill apparently is identical to federal legislation introduced this year that tweaks existing law, "Born-Alive Infants Protection Act of 2002." Contact your NC legislators, https://www.ncleg.gov/RnR/Representation, to object to this unnecessary bill that is nothing but political theater (eg, 2020 campaign ads, “Democrats support infanticide” for voting against the bill). See: https://www.factcheck.org/2019/03/the-facts-on-the-born-alive-debate/ and https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2019/2/25/18239964/born-alive-abortion-survivors-protection-2019-sasse.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Join us for a Day of Action May 1, 2019. 700 S. Salisbury St. Raleigh. 9am - 5pm.


Educators are planning another "day of action" on May 1. They want to make sure education support professionals, retirees, parents, students, and other community members are there too. Currently, eight public school systems and some charter schools across NC are closing including Chapel Hill-Carrboro, Charlotte-Mecklenburg, Durham County, Guilford County, Lexington City Schools, Mooresville Graded School District, Winston Salem/Forsyth, and Wake County. Read more here.

Letters of explanation and support have been issued by various school systems and boards of education. See letters from Mooresville Graded School District, Wake County Board of Education, and Durham Public Schools Board of Education where they issued a resolution in support of the May 1 Day of Action.

Also see support from various PTA groups here and here.

The planned day of action comes with opposition from NC State Superintendent, Mark Johnson and State Senate leader Phil Berger. Read more here on the opposition and the rebuttal to what Senator Berger calls the “facts.”

Here is a rundown of the issues for May 1 and the history behind why they are important:

5/1: Five issues, one day.

1. Provide enough school librarians, psychologists, social workers, counselors, nurses, and other health professionals to meet national standards. Read more here about the need; see the recommendations for these support professionals in comparison to the deficit in our state.

2. Provide $15 minimum wage for all school personnel, 5% raise for all ESPs (non-certified staff), teachers, admin, and a 5% cost of living adjustment for retirees. (read more here about how a $15 minimum wage was given to all state employees last year except public school employees and sign the petition to give the $15 minimum wage to all school personnel)

3. Expand Medicaid to improve the health of our students and families. Read more here and here about how NC has repeatedly turned away money to expand Medicaid. Sign a petition here.

4. Reinstate state retiree health benefits eliminated by the General Assembly in 2017. (Read more here and here about how this was written into the budget.)

5. Restore advanced degree compensation stripped by the General Assembly in 2013 (read more about the budget passed by the NCGA and signed by former Governor Pat McCrory to end advanced degree pay. It even made news in the Wall Street Journal.)

Read our April 1 post about these five issues with information about the bills currently in the NCGA. Updates to these bills can be found at Public Schools First NC's weekly legislative update.

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