In North Carolina,  about 15,000 teachers will be wearing red, and not be attending school today, on Wednesday, May 16th, to rally at the state capital in Raleigh.

These teachers are rallying to increase the number of school counselors, nurses, social workers, and other support personnel to improve the community health, decrease large classroom sizes by creating a statewide school construction board,  support teachers and other school staff members financially by creating a multiyear pay plan, and invest more in spending per student.

Godwin, a kindergarten teacher in coastal Onslow County, says, “I hope (lawmakers) take away the understanding that students deserve more, and teachers can’t give more unless we’re paid adequately,”

North Carolina isn’t the only state protesting for these reasons, Arizona, West Virginia, and Oklahoma are as well doing rallies similar to this one in North Carolina.