MEDIA ADVISORY: Speak Out for North Carolina's Teachers Press Conference

Contact: Yevonne Brannon, 919-244-6243; Patty Williams, 919-696-8059,

Who: Public Schools First NC and the NC Justice Center, along with parent and teacher representatives

What: We’re joining the walk-in by speaking out in a show of support and gratitude for North Carolina’s 95,000 public school teachers. We’ll also be sharing important new polling information.

Where: NC State Capitol (south side of grounds), One East Edenton Street, Raleigh

When: Monday, November 4, 2013, 12:00-1:00 p.m.

RALEIGH (October 31, 2013) — This year, North Carolina’s public school teachers are being asked to do more with even less than before. The 2013-15 biennial budget eliminates 9,306 education positions. Class sizes are growing while support is decreasing. The budget allocation for textbooks, technology, and classroom supplies is inadequate to give teachers the resources necessary to provide students with the education they deserve.

For all of their hard work, teachers received only one negligible raise in the past five years and now, many will not receive salary increases for advanced degrees. Worst of all, teachers will lose career status (protection from retaliatory or arbitrary firings) and job security (all teachers will be placed on temporary, year-to-year contracts).

Join Yevonne Brannon (Public Schools First NC), Matt Ellinwood (Education & Law Project, NC Justice Center), teachers Vivian Connell and Stacy Eleczko, and parent Ilina Ewen who will speak out on behalf of teachers who work tirelessly to ensure that our children are successful—in school and in life.  All speakers will be available to talk with the media at the end of the conference.


Public Schools First NC is a group of citizens, parents, teachers, businesses and organizations joining together to advocate for a first-rate public education system for all North Carolinians. To learn more or to join our organization, please visit:

The North Carolina Justice Center is a voice for economic, social and political justice. As a leading progressive research and advocacy organization, the Justice Center’s mission is to eliminate poverty in North Carolina by ensuring that every household in the state has access to the resources, services and fair treatment it needs to achieve economic security.