>> Thousands of teachers marched through Raleigh, North Carolina on Wednesday, demanding higher pay and increased education spending. Emboldened by a wave of similar protests across the country, the teachers say it's time for the state to act.>> The state keeps asking more of us every year by giving us less resources.
So that's one of the big reasons we are here to fight today.>> The North Carolina Association of Educators is calling for per student spending and teacher pay to be raised to at least the national average. It also wants funding for public schools restored to pre-recession levels. Teachers say they want the Republican dominated legislature to understand how important the funding is.
>> I hope they take away the understanding that students deserve more and teachers can't give more unless we're paid adequately. But, more importantly, that the students' needs are funded.>>
Lawmakers say that there's already a planned salary hike of 6% this year. The fifth consecutive annual increase, and that North Carolina has been more generous than other states.
Although, for the teachers, it's just not generous enough.>>