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Shelby Co. teachers travel to Nashville

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(WMC-TV) – Shelby County teachers and at least one student went to the state capitol Tuesday to fight for issues they believe are crucial to education in the Mid-South.

Around 50 teachers and Memphis Education Association staffers boarded a bus at 6 a.m. Tuesday and headed to Nashville.

MEA President Keith Williams says they will discuss with legislators issues they feel negatively impact Mid-South classrooms. One of those issues is the proposal for school vouchers.

The House Finance Committee is discussing the proposal Tuesday. If it is passed, students from low-income families attending the bottom 10 percent of failing schools could use state money to attend private schools.

"We are against school vouchers," said Rosemary Winters, who is a teacher. "The reason why is because it would take public dollars from public education."

Carmen Winters is a sixth grader at John P. Freeman School. She wants legislators to know that teachers deserve better pay.

"Because teachers, they try, they work hard to get us to learn our education and to learn many things while in school," said Winters.

Other issues important to the people making the trip include a push to reinstate the minimum salary schedule as it pertains to advanced degrees, as well as teacher evaluation scores.

The teachers and students are giving up a day of spring break for the trip to Nashville.

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