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Thousands of Teachers March on Maryland’s Capital

By Kaitlyn Dolan — March 12, 2019 1 min read

On Monday, thousands of educators and advocates, clad in red, gathered in Annapolis, Md., to raise concerns about equity, counseling, teacher pay, and school funding, among other issues. This protest is the first large-scale effort by Maryland teachers in a year of nationwide teacher activism.

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Faye Higndan and Carla Okouchi greet a member of the Maple Elementary marching band before the march. Okouchi is a Virginia school teacher who has attended teacher protests and strikes across the country.
Marchers could purchase or pick up shirts, buttons, signs, and other festive red merchandise.
Teachers chanted, rang bells, and shouted their demands for better schooling and school environments
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Nicola Ross, a Suitland High School teacher, takes a video of the excitement before the march.
Signs outlining teacher’s frustration littered the crowd.
“Our kids deserve better,” was the most fervent rallying cry of the evening, with teachers from all regions of Maryland gathering in solidarity.
Over 8,000 people gathered near the Maryland state house to voice their concerns.
Rebekah Pase, a 9th grader from Eleanor Roosevelt High School, holds a sign demanding lawmakers invest in the future of education before March for Teachers today in Annapolis, Md. Pase attended the march with fellow 9th grade students Borromeo Adriana Mae (cq) and Sophie Bose, the latter noted, “[we’re here because] it’s our everyday life.”

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