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400 NCAE MEMBERS RALLY FOR EDUCATION FUNDING

 400 NCAE MEMBERS RALLY FOR EDUCATION FUNDING
 RALEIGH, N.C., May 27 /PRNewswire/ -- More than 400 NCAE members


from across the state took leave time or paid for their substitute teachers today, and traveled to Raleigh to deliver their message to the General Assembly. They came from Surry, Haywood, Cumberland, Mecklenburg, Wake, Edgecombe, Johnston, Forsyth, Guilford, Bertie, Stokes, Lincoln, Gaston and Robeson Counties, as well as numerous others.
 "We expect legislators to fund teaching positions, fund the salary schedule and give us the resources we MUST HAVE to provide a quality education for the children of this state," said NCAE President Rose Marie Lowry at a noon rally at Peace College.
 "We are never going to improve the education system in North Carolina if educators and kids continue to be the target of setbacks, cutbacks, and empty promises," added Lowry. "Legislators must prove to us that education really is a top priority."
 House Speaker Dan Blue assured the participants that education will continue to be a high priority as legislators take action in deciding issues that affect children. "I know that you'll help us as we fight for the child in this legislative session," said Blue.
 "It means fighting for more than the education programs. It also means fighting to expand programs that prevent child abuse and poverty so that when kids come to school, they'll be ready to learn," Blue added.
 Blue shared the stage with more than 30 other legislators who responded to Lowry's personal invitation to attend the High Expectations Rally. NCAE's statewide endorsed candidates were also present.
 Senate President Pro Tempore Henson Barnes told the audience the Senate's highest priorities were giving site-based management to classroom teachers and completing the salary schedule. He also left them with words of encouragement.
 "On behalf of the children of this state and what you've done for them, never, never give up," said Barnes.
 Former Governor Jim Hunt told the crowd that teaching is the toughest, most demanding, and most important job in America today. He said there is nothing the General Assembly is considering that is more important then funding the salary schedule.
 NCAE members also heard from Superintendent of Public Instruction Bob Etheridge and Representative Dennis Wicker.
 After the rally, NCAE members grabbed purple balloons emblazoned with the theme, "High Expectations in '92," and set out for the Legislative Building. Hunt and Etheridge led the group, along with Lowry. As they walked, educators chanted "Put kids first in '92," fund BEP and salaries, too."
 Once there, NCAE members packed the halls of the Legislative Building, and carried the message of high hopes and high expectations to their legislators individually. They also delivered petitions that had been signed by educators who were not able to attend the rally. The petitions urged legislators to give funding for education issues full support and to reinstate the salary schedule.
 Lowry said today's lobbying activities were just the beginning, and NCAE's efforts to secure funding for public education would endure throughout the legislative short session.
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