A new organization of North Carolina teachers, Carolina Teachers Alliance, is holding launch parties on Saturday, April 17 in three cities across the state including Greensboro.

The mission statement of the Carolina Teachers Alliance is, “To be the voice of Carolina educators that empowers members to provide the highest quality, unbiased and achievement-driven education to all children.”

On the Carolina Teachers Alliance website, www.carolinateachers.org/ under the heading “What We Believe,” a few of the statements are:

“Our Teachers need to have the freedom to teach patriotism and love of country, and should not be forced to deliver biased political indoctrination.”

“Parents are partners, not obstacles, and should have a voice in their children’s education.”

“Our Teachers deserve to have master’s degree pay, if their master’s degree is related to their teaching area.  NC needs to attract high-quality teachers with competitive pay.”

“Every child deserves an unbiased, sound education that will prepare them to be productive American citizens.  Carolina Teachers deserve High quality academically-based professional development.

“We believe in school choice but prioritize improving public school quality.”

“America is the land of opportunity for all, regardless of race.”

The Carolina Teachers Alliance launch party in Greensboro will be held at Greensboro Country Park, Shelter #7, at 3902 Nathanael Greene Dr. from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 17.

The featured speakers are Clarence Henderson, who was involved in the sit-ins at the Woolworths in downtown Greensboro in 1960 and former Republican candidate for the 6th Congressional District Lee Haywood.

The website lists this quote from North Carolina Superintendent of Public Instruction Catherine Truitt: “The more voices we bring to the table the better it is for public education as a whole.  The newly-created Carolina Teachers Alliance brings together a group of teachers who have not always felt as though they had a seat at the table.  I look forward to working with them and others to ensure that North Carolina continues to put our students first in every discussion.”

North Carolina Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson is also listed as a supporter.

The president and founder of Carolina Teachers Alliance is Amy Marshal.