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Arizona teachers rallying at their state capital. Photo: Ralph Freso/Getty Images.

North Carolina teachers are holding demonstrations at the state capital for better quality in education with a "personal day" of protest today.

Why it matters: North Carolina will be the sixth state in 2018 to hold some sort of teacher demonstration. Success from other demonstrations is making action a more popular option for educators.

Like many other demonstrations this year, North Carolina teachers were inspired by gains made in other states where walkouts took place. Most recently, Arizona educators were promised a 20% wage hike by 2020.

Teacher strikes are illegal in North Carolina, so educators are legally taking personal time off. There aren't enough substitutes to make up the difference.

By the numbers:

  • Teacher salaries in the state currently sit at $47,985 on average, per the National Center for Educational Statistics — down from $51,506 in 2010.
  • In 2017, the state spent $6,115 on average per pupil — one of the lowest spending rates in the country.
  • 15,000 teachers are expected to be in attendance to march on the capital Wednesday, according to Tamika Walker Kelly, vice president of the Cumberland County Association of Educators.
  • School closures have already been announced in 39 counties, and nearly 1 million students will have the day off.

What they're saying: Thousands of teachers have filed for "personal days" to march on the capital in Raleigh and attend a legislative session to voice their dissatisfaction with teacher salaries and per pupil funding.

Our goal is to restore respect to the profession.
— Kelly

Timing: Teachers are marching on the capital the same day the state's legislative session begins and will sit in on the session through the afternoon. Kelly said they want to pressure officials with mid-term elections on the horizon.

Go deeper: How teacher salaries have kept up with inflation

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Biden will reverse Trump's attempt to lift COVID related travel restrictions

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The incoming Biden administration will reverse President Trump's last-minute order to lift COVID-19 related travel restrictions, Jen Psaki, the incoming White House press secretary, tweeted.

Why it matters: President Trump ordered entry bans lifted for travelers from the U.K., Ireland, Brazil and much of Europe to go into effect Jan. 26, but the Biden administration will "strengthen public health measures around international travel in order to further mitigate the spread of COVID-19," Jen Psaki said. Biden will be inaugurated on Wednesday, Jan. 20 and Trump will no longer be president by the time the order is set to go into effect.

Dominion sends cease and desist letter to My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell

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Dominion Voting Systems on Monday sent a cease and desist letter to My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell over his spread of misinformation related to the 2020 election.

Why it matters: Trump and several of his allies have pushed false conspiracy theories about the company, leading Dominion to take legal action. It's suing pro-Trump lawyer Sidney Powell for defamation and $1.3 billion in damages, and a Dominion employee has sued Trump himself, OANN and Newsmax.

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Episode 5: The secret CIA plan

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Beginning on election night 2020 and continuing through his final days in office, Donald Trump unraveled and dragged America with him, to the point that his followers sacked the U.S. Capitol with two weeks left in his term. This Axios series takes you inside the collapse of a president.

Episode 5: Trump vs. Gina — The president becomes increasingly rash and devises a plan to tamper with the nation's intelligence command.

In his final weeks in office, after losing the election to Joe Biden, President Donald Trump embarked on a vengeful exit strategy that included a hasty and ill-thought-out plan to jam up CIA Director Gina Haspel by firing her top deputy and replacing him with a protege of Republican Congressman Devin Nunes.