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"I think it could have been a little bit different in the planning", Phillips said.

That anecdote lives on as modern metaphor. Merriam-Webster's defines a Pyrrhic victory as "a victory that is not worth winning because so much is lost to achieve it".

Teachers from 20 school districts across the state plan to strike, a demonstration that will affect around 700,000 North Carolina students. We asked if they were growing exhausted of all the protesting.

Even though it is an optional teacher workday, lunch will be available for all students at the elementary, middle and high school level at no cost from 10 a.m.to 1 p.m.at six sites - Barnes ES, Elm City ES, Hearne ES, Vick ES, Wells ES and Winstead ES. Besides aged computer equipment at school, none of them have brought home a textbook all year, with teachers instead handing out worksheets to glue into their notebooks.

These pilgrimages give professional organizations a chance to lobby for their industries' interests.

That doesn't mean Lewis' clients are against the teachers, "but they also know that the teachers aren't there advocating for them".

"I think we've done a very good job in making a commitment to our teachers to increase their salaries", he said. But teachers say it's time the state increases per-pupil funding to the national average and raises teacher pay. The state's about to spend $2 billion more on K-12 education than it did in the 2010-11 school year, Republicans counter. In order to have a place at the table as bills are drafted and budgets are passed, the association must strive to present itself as a nonpartisan coalition representing educators of all political stripes.

"I think a lot of us started to see, 'well shoot, if West Virginia can do it, North Carolina can do it, ' " middle school Spanish teacher Sally Merryman told NPR. Therefore, the Alexander County Board of Education voted unanimously on May 8th to revise the current school calendar if a higher rate of absence for teachers was anticipated.

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"The hypocrisy is that they say they are supporting the students".

Serious advocates for school reform would do well to enlist the help of majority party lawmakers like Sen.

"There are many different needs in our state", Murphy said.

Representative Mark Brody of Union and Anson counties spoke out against Wednesday's planned teacher rally, calling the educators attending "union thugs".

The NCAE may have honorable intentions, but converting its annual advocacy day into a protest rally is a tactical blunder.

Support for our public schools, our children and our hardworking teachers transcends the left-right paradigm. "So yeah, we're exhausted of it, but not exhausted enough to stop".

The Rally for Respect will lead afternoon newscasts and fill newspaper pages with ink, but it's not likely to steer policy.

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