Hundreds of teachers fill Capitol to rally for pay raise

Mississippi teachers, parents and public education advocates held a barn-burner of a rally at the Capitol on Monday, calling for a teacher pay raise and full funding of public education.

About 400 people filled the second-floor rotunda Monday afternoon, and crowded around the railings of upper floors, in the largest demonstration seen at the Capitol in at least a couple of years. Many carried signs or wore stickers and buttons that said CARE – confirm a raise for educators.

“I am dedicated to my profession,” said Carol Redfield-Mims, a Jackson Public Schools teacher. “I am an intelligent young lady and could have chosen any field. I chose to teach, because I was called to. Until recently, I was a single mother, and I had to take on a second job.”

Clarion Ledger