Rain cancels education pep rally

Nov. 01, 2013 @ 02:15 PM

A “Pep Rally for Education” planned for downtown Durham today has been canceled due to rain.
The organizers – the Durham Association of Educators and the Durham People’s Alliance -- have rescheduled the event for Nov. 8, from 4:30 p.m., to 6 p.m., on the CCB Plaza.
The pep rally was being held to call attention to state budget cuts teachers say are detrimental to public education.
Several schools across the district will also participate in a statewide teacher “walk-in” Monday that is designed to bring attention to the plight of education in the state.
At Durham School of the Arts, State Sen. Floyd McKissick, D-District 20, who helped to integrate Durham’s public schools in 1964, will be the guest speaker for the schools “walk-in,” which will start at 8 a.m., in front of Weaver Auditorium.
Hillside High has also planned an event as well as Rogers-Herr Middle School where teachers, students, parents and other supporters have been asked to arrive at school at 7 a.m., wearing red and to attend a 2:45 p.m., session in the school’s cafeteria to discuss the state of North Carolina’s public schools.  
School board chairwoman Heidi Carter has said she will attend an event at E.K. Powe Elementary.
The teacher “walk-in” has gotten some blowback from at least to Republican members of the General Assembly, who have accused educators of injecting politics into the classroom.
It’s a charge local and state educators have denied.