Parents and other education supporters were encouraged to visit local schools and wear red Monday, as part of the “Walk-In” scheduled to protest a number of General Assembly actions this year.
It was unclear early Monday morning how successful the effort was.
But there were reports of parents protesting at several Charlotte-area schools, and there also were reports of protests in Cabarrus and Iredell counties, and in Greensboro and Raleigh.
The “Walk-In” was supported by the N.C. Association of Educators as an alternative to a walk-out. NCAE officials said a walk-out would disrupt the education process.
Republican Senate leader Phil Berger last week said the walk-in was a “political protest orchestrated by unions.”
Organizers of Monday’s protest said it was a way for North Carolina residents to voice dissatisfaction with state legislators’ decisions to increase the number of students per class; cut teacher assistant positions; freeze pay; and other actions.
“Walk-In” organizers encouraged parents and other to visit schools, wear red, and leave statements of support for teachers.
In Mecklenburg County, walk-in participation was reported at Elizabeth Lane, Shamrock Gardens and Washam elementary schools; Ranson Middle School; Northwest School of the Arts; East Mecklenburg High School; and Queens Grant Charter School.
Participation in the event also was reported at Patriots Elementary School in Cabarrus County and at East Iredell Elementary School in Iredell County.
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