Local teachers to participate in teacher rally in Columbia Wednesday

Conway High School teacher traveling to Columbia for rally

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) - Many teachers across the Grand Strand and Pee Dee will take Wednesday off in order to travel to Columbia for a rally to discuss issues teachers want to see fixed.

Some of those issues include salaries, teacher shortages, mental health care professionals and class sizes.

Erik Schrader is a teacher at Conway High School. He and around seven other teachers at Conway High School will be going to the rally.

“That’s what this year’s been all about,” Schrader said. “It’s been about trying to really work with the legislature and try to get them to understand what some of the issues and concerns are.”

Florence School District 1 is expecting about 130 teachers to be absent Wednesday. They’ll be replaced by substitute teachers.

Horry County Schools will also remain open.

While Horry County School Board Chairman Ken Richardson said he supports the teachers and their right to use their voices, he didn’t want to call classes off because the district already has so many days they missed due to Hurricane Florence.

“It wouldn’t look very good for me to be asking the governor’s office to forgive these last three days and then have him find out the next day that we tried to shut our district down for the teachers to all go up there,” Richardson said.

State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman said in a statement Monday she will not be joining teachers who decide to walk out of their classrooms to attend the rally. She said instead she will be serving as a substitute teacher of an absent teacher.

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