Justin Parmenter, a teacher in North Carolina, explains that teachers in his state have good reasons to walk out, like teachers from West Virginia to Arizona. The state legislature has kept their pay low and failed to fund the schools adequately. At the same time that the Tea Party dominated legislature was administering cuts to schools and teachers, it was cutting taxes for corporations and expanding charter schools.

Consider the facts of the last several years:

The day of reckoning in North Carolina is May 16, when the Legislature reconvenes.

Expect to see teachers at the State Capitol on May 16.

They will be there to demand that North Carolina make good public education a priority.