News/Updates


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Want to help on May 1st? Volunteer here !

Need a bus route to help get downtown without parking troubles? 
Here is a list of the schools with bus stops nearby available for parking: bit.ly/SchoolBusStops
Look up a route to get back to your car: GoRaleigh.org
*If you are planning to use these stops or another one, please fill out this form to help us communicate with GoRaleigh! bit.ly/May1Bus
 Register here for a secured spot and a shuttle to and from the march. It’s $10 for Adults and $5 for kids to pay vans and drivers. bit.ly/May1stparkingregistration

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During the 2019 Annual NCAE Convention, delegates voted to pass a New Business Item (NBI) calling for a Day of Action on May 1st, 2019. 
Delegates were polled on 14 issues from four categories: Student Well-Being, Educator Well-Being, Community Well-Being, or Retired Professionals' Well-Being. The five that rose to the top to be prioritized on May 1st are: 

1.     Fund school counselors, social workers, psychologists, nurses, and librarians to the nationally-recognized student-to-professional ratios

Currently, NC is under-serving our students in these areas by 2-3 times the recommended ratios.

2.     Expand Medicaid to cover 500,000 more North Carolinians

Many of our students' and staff's families fall into the healthcare gap. We know that all of us need to have our basic needs met in order to perform our academic best. Additionally, North Carolina will only be held responsible for 10% of the cost of this expansion. Our federal tax dollars are currently being used to provide this expansion for other states. We would like to see our taxes benefiting our community members here in NC as well. 

3.     Salary schedule, $15/hr minimum wage, and 5% raise for all school staff and retired professionals

Our non-certified staff was unfairly left out of the $15/hr minimum wage granted to all other state employees last year. Our retirees have not received a cost-of-living adjustment in several years, and it increases by about 2% every year. We do not want an “average” increase to salaries. We want every position and experience level to receive a fair increase of 5%.

4.     Restore pay for advanced degrees

As educators, we should be encouraged and rewarded for furthering our own education. This is a common practice in other professions and has historically been valued in our own profession as well.

5.     Reinstate retirement benefits for future professionals

In 2017, the General Assembly passed a law stating that educators entering the profession after January 1, 2021 would not receive healthcare benefits during their retirement. We know that our retirement benefits help to recruit educators to North Carolina and want to see this restored for new educators.





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Wake NCAE Budget Survey

Wake NCAE recently conducted a survey of WCPSS educators to elicit feedback about existing needs in our schools.  The survey was composed of fixed choice options and open ended questions with the goal of identifying priorities with budgetary impact. Over 900 educators responded, and the priorities that emerged clearly reflected the need to protect planning time, increase the number of educators supporting students, invest in instructional resources, and provide healthier school buildings and worksites. Investing in these four priorities will elevate our learning environments to create the schools all our students deserve.



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2018 Elections 
Throughout the fall, Wake NCAE members and parents of our students spent time canvassing, making phone calls to other members, voting together and handing out our Apple endorsement cards at the polls. The results? Wake County voters passed the Wake School Bond which is an investment of $548 million into our schools and students that will contribute to the building of 7 new schools, renovating 11 schools and provide some of the needed and necessary security and technology updates we have been waiting for. Wake County voters also elected 28 of the 30 candidates we endorsed as pro-public education candidates shifting the political landscape at the state level and securing local representatives who value our public school system.

Even with these wins, our work is far from over. It is more important than ever to get our school buildings organized and ready to engage with policy makers at the local and state levels. We are excited to move our work forward in the coming months, starting with our membership meetings on November 14th! 





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Be sure to show appreciation to the Education Support Professionals (ESPs) 
and Substitutes that help our schools thrive!



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Do you have a question or a concern? Are you doing work in your school that you would like highlighted? Are you doing work in the community that we should know about? Do you want to schedule a school visit? Contact us and tell us all about it at bit.ly/ContactWakeNCAE!


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