.Tomorrow we march with thousands of our colleagues, students and community members to advocate for fully funded schools. As of last night 41 school districts have closed because their educators were stepping up for their students and schools by taking personal leave to come to Raleigh.

Please read over these important reminders to prepare for the day:  

  • If you have registered with NCAE, you can pick up a free t-shirt between 4-6 pm TODAY in the Wake NCAE office at the NCAE building (700 South Salisbury St).

  • While you are there, come by the poster making party from 4-6 pm at the NCAE building! Supplies will be first come, first serve, but you can also bring your supplies and use the time to brainstorm some catchy sign ideas with others. Please remember signs must not exceed 3'x3' and cannot have sticks attached to them.

  • Drink a lot of water between now and Wednesday. Proper hydration requires plenty of water prior to the day of an event. Remember to bring a water bottle to refill and snacks to sustain your energy. There will be food trucks and restaurants around town that are excited to serve educators, but lines will likely be long.

  • One of our members created this map to help guide you to supportive food providers: Restaurant Map

  • NCAE has arranged for portable toilets to be available along the march route and near the General Assembly. CAM Raleigh has also agreed to open their doors (on a normally closed day) to provide bathrooms. They are also hosting 2 of the food trucks. Imurj (300 S McDowell St, Raleigh) is hosting educators, students, & supporters to gather starting at 8:30am with coffee sponsored by Odelay Coffee, and fresh donuts!

  • The General Assembly only holds about 3,000 additional people. Because of this, we are inviting legislators to come outside on Halifax Mall at 2 pm to talk to constituents. Wake County will have our own designated spot marked by a yard sign. Please be ready to share what  needs exist for our students and schools beyond teacher pay.

If you go into the General Assembly before 2pm, be ready to wait in line to pass through the metal detectors. Folks with bags should be prepared to enter the back of the building (at Halifax Mall) so that their bags can be checked through an x-ray machine.

The whole nation is watching and supporting us. Our communities and labor unions around the state are supporting us. This moment can change the course of public education in North Carolina. Are you ready?

 Wear Red for Public Ed !
 Every Wednesday 
Ask your coworkers and friends, to do  the  same.  Legislators need to be reminded that there are many North Carolinians who care deeply about our public school students and the educators who give their best to them. 
Be sure to take pictures and  post them to our FaceBook page post!