RALEIGH, N.C. — Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper had just cheered the packed block of red-clad teachers by urging his Republican rivals running North Carolina‘s legislature to pay more for public school upgrades and teacher salaries.
“What are you prepared to do?” the woman in the red “RESPECT public education” T-shirt shouted into the microphone Wednesday afternoon.
“Whatever it takes!” thousands of educators shouted back.
Now Cooper and legislators who opened their annual work session on Wednesday are waiting to see what happens after an estimated 19,000 people marched through the capital city, according to the Downtown Raleigh Alliance, which drew from aerial photos.