COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Wednesday was an incredible day for South Carolina educators.
An estimated 10,000 people poured onto the capital grounds to rally for support they say teachers so badly need. It was a stunning sight with a message equally as powerful.
“We need to see funding change, we need to see the laws that are in place enforced, class size, we need to see schedules that allow teachers to be adults and human beings. Teachers need to be paid for what they do.”
"I'm here to fight for all the other issues that are at stake. Classroom sizes, what it's going to look like in the future, as the teachers continue to leave the profession, and not come back and what that's going to do and affect."
WIS was live on the air for four continuous hours as educators gathered, marched to the state house and made their case directly to our leaders. And their message was heard loud and clear.
“I think that we as teachers and community members should continue to make stance and protest until we get what we need not what we want but what we need."
”I hope that with 10,000 plus teachers coming forth, taking our personal time off of work, either personal days, or unpaid days, that it’s showing legislators that we are a force to be reckoned with."
The WIS editorial board applauds the enthusiasm, desire and determination of the teachers. And we fully support them. No matter your profession, success is always traced back to a good education.
Teachers must be armed with the resources they need to reach our kids. The message to legislators is clear - GET SOMETHING MEANINGFUL DONE.
If not, we’re at risk of losing even more talented teachers out of sheer frustration. There’s simply too much at stake to stand still.
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