Upstate teachers prepare for rally at State House, calling for education reform

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LYMAN, S.C. (WSPA) – For Ginny Campbell, teaching is more than just a job. 

The fourth-grade teacher at Duncan Elementary School has spent the last 18 years of her life helping students grow.

“Teachers don’t just stand at the front of the room anymore. They empower students to learn and to take their learning in a direction that they want to go,” she said Tuesday afternoon.

That was why for Campbell, it was not an easy decision to leave her students for a day and head to Columbia for a rally, alongside thousands of other teachers from across the state of South Carolina.

“I didn’t make the decision to have this on a Wednesday, but I felt it was important enough for me to take a stand with other teachers,” Campbell explained.

The organization, SC for Ed is hosting the event Wednesday morning at the State House where teachers are expected to call for a 10 percent pay increase and a say in education reform.

According to Campbell, her primary reason for wanting to go is to give teachers the liberty to teach how they see fit in their classrooms.

“We’re being told what to teach, how to teach, when to teach it, and we have had the training and the ‘know how,’ but we’re not allowed to use that,” she told 7News.

The elementary school teacher also insisted that she believes students learn and grow at different paces, and that she believes teaching should reflect that.

“Testing is something I would like to see reduced. I feel like students have been reduced to a number and they’ve lost their identity as an individual because they’re just a test score,” Campbell said.

Hundreds of teachers from the Upstate are expected to join Campbell at the rally, wearing “Red for Ed,” or education, and pushing legislators take their experiences into account when it comes to education reform. 

“I would like the legislators and just everybody in the state of South Carolina to know that teachers care about their students and when we rally together, that there are a lot of us in this state that care about the children of South Carolina,” Campbell said. 

NOTE: Campbell’s opinions do not reflect those of her employer.

7-News will be sending a crew to the rally on Wednesday morning. Stay with us for the latest on this developing story.

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