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Organization sponsoring declaration for teachers

The declaration in defense of the state's public school children was unveiled last week on Independence Day. (Ashley Boles, NewsChannel 12 photo)

The next steps are here.

Red-4-Ed-NC is sponsoring a declaration for teachers. It's been almost two months since teachers, parents and education supporters rallied in Raleigh for higher teacher pay and more resources in the classroom. Since then, many have asked the question of what's next.

The momentum has not stopped since May 16. Red-4-Ed-NC is now sponsoring a declaration and they want teachers to get on board.

"We know that enrollment in teacher preparation programs has gone down 30 percent since 2010," said Lauren Piner, a South Central High School teacher who's part of the program. "We need to make sure we attract the best and the brightest to the profession. Also making sure that our students have social workers, school psychologists, the resources that they need."

The declaration in defense of the state's public school children was unveiled last week on Independence Day. The goal is to get signatures from teachers in at least 100 of the 115 districts in the state. Copies of the signed declaration will be given to Gov. Roy Cooper in August.

Piner also said it depends on how elections go in November to determine if the declaration will be needed. Either way, teachers say they are ready for a change.

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