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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

As a product of public education and the daughter of a public-school teacher, I wholeheartedly support the Red4Ed movement. Attending May 2018’s march in Raleigh did nothing but reinforce my beliefs in the need for more funding for education, including raising teacher salaries. The sheer number of teachers who are so dedicated to their students that they take to the streets is inspiring, as I already consider teaching one of the most admirable positions one can hold.

When I see the work my mother puts into her lessons at home, I gain more and more respect for those who work in our public schools. I certainly would not be where I am today without the many wonderful teachers I have had throughout my public schooling, so we must remember to ensure that the 50.7 million students enrolled in public schools across the country can say the same.

It is nothing new to say that teachers deserve better, but we must continue advocating for students and teachers alike. We need to keep marching, demanding the attention of the legislature and using our education to fight for the education of others. It’s easy to forget that we need to continue a movement after we march, especially since teachers can’t march every day; they have classes to teach and future leaders to educate.

We as non-teachers need to continue to throw our support behind them and their students so that lasting change will occur, including electing pro-public education candidates in local, state, and national elections. Initiatives like the Restart program being implemented in two of Pitt County’s elementary schools is also a step in the right direction. I can’t wait to see the impact of its flexible resources and teaching style, and I hope that more schools will be able to take part.

Zealy Helms

Greenville

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