North Carolina public school teachers upset about higher workloads, falling buying power, and lost job security risked their jobs by skipping work one day last week, while other educators invited parents and elected officials to discuss concerns after classes.
Some teachers called in sick or took the day off to demonstrate outside the state Capitol. At other schools, teachers started the day carrying protest signs before classes. Parents and elected officials were invited to walk into the schools at the end of the academic day to discuss educators’ concerns and complaints.
State law bans strikes or work stoppages by public employees.
A version of this article appeared in the November 13, 2013 edition of Education Week as N.C. Teachers Skip School to Protest State Mandates