WILMINGTON, N.C. -- Hundreds of teachers from coastal school systems took part in the teachers’ rally at the state capital in Raleigh.
- Over 40 schools systems closed for the day.
- More than 15,000 educators were expected to attend.
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New Hanover County teachers took a personal day to participate.
People started arriving around 5:30 a.m. with signs in hand getting ready for the more than two hour drive to Raleigh.
Teachers were asked to wear red in support of the protest and most complied.
More than 15,000 educators signed up to attend the rally.
Some of their demands include increasing the per-student spending and expanding Medicaid to help students living in poverty.
One teacher we spoke to said she's really proud of the teachers that are making history in North Carolina.
“They are standing up for something that’s right,” said teacher assistant Sarah Bailey, “and they’re feeling proud of themselves… just pride in what they are doing. There’s no other agenda other than focusing on what the children of North Carolina need.”