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North Carolina Celebrates National Teacher Day

May 4, 2010

RALEIGH, N.C. - National Teacher Day is being celebrated in North Carolina today as more than 95,000 teachers are saluted. But the number of teachers could soon shrink because of the state budget crisis, and that's a problem all over the nation. In fact, the U.S. Department of Education is predicting up to 300,000 educators across the country could lose their jobs because of budget woes.

Debra Horton, executive director of the North Carolina PTA, says parents are making their voices heard on the issue.

"We have got to do whatever it takes to keep our qualified, experienced, innovative teachers in the classroom. Our priority has to be on that classroom."

The PTA is a leading partner in the "Fund Schools First" coalition in North Carolina, which tries to shield education from budget cuts and restore funds cut previously.

Jennie Lanane is the president of the Wake County affiliate of the North Carolina Association of Educators. She says no matter what the budget issue, or even the political climate, teachers are dedicated to their duty to educate the next generation.

"They teach however many kids are sitting there, with the materials that they're given, and they do the best job they can every day."

Students and parents are delivering 'thank you' cards to educators in many schools today.

The North Carolina Association of Educators, the North Carolina PTA, the North Carolina State Department of Public Instruction, the North Carolina School Boards Association, the North Carolina Association of School Administrators, and the North Carolina Principals and Assistant Principals Association are part of the Fund Schools First coalition.

Deb Courson, Public News Service - NC