CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Some teachers from Charlotte went to Raleigh but for those who couldn't make the trip east, an event was held in First Ward Park in the Queen City. 

We were told the event was not just about money. Education advocates say there needs to be a shift in the public's perception of teachers.

Spectrum News spoke with Ross Danis who leads Meck Ed, a nonprofit that works to improve public education in Mecklenburg County.

He says as they shape the minds of our young people, educators should be considered well-respected members of society and given resources, like a decent pension.

CMS closed school on Wednesday for the rallies. 

Some parents say they're okay with that decision because teachers need to be better compensated.


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