North Carolina’s leading teachers lobbying group is seeking more input from members before determining a response to the extended state budget stalemate.

Mark Jewell is president of the North Carolina Association of Educators. He said Thursday that options include a teacher walkout.  

A caucus within the teacher lobbying group already has been asking teachers how long they’d be willing to stay out of the classroom to get pay raises and benefits.

State law says strikes by public employees are illegal.

The Republican-controlled General Assembly and Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper haven’t been able to agree on a two-year spending plan.

Feature photo: North Carolina teachers from across the state gathered in Raleigh in May for a second straight year to call attention to issues affecting children and their education. More than 20,000 teachers, all dressed in red, many holding signs, marched down Fayetteville Street to the State House in what the North Carolina Association of Educators called ‘Day of Action’. Photo by Sandhills Sentinel Photographer John Patota.

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