Big Indiana teachers rally prompting many school closings


FILE – In this April 16, 2019, file photo, teachers cheer during a rally at at the Statehouse in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy File)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — School days are being called off for tens of thousands of Indiana students as their teachers make plans for attending a union-organized Statehouse rally.

Some school district officials say so many teachers are taking personal time off for the Nov. 19 rally that they wouldn’t be able to find enough substitute teachers to cover classrooms. But they also say they support the push by teachers for a bigger boost in school funding.

The president of the Indiana State Teachers Association says at least 4,000 teachers have registered for the Statehouse lobbying effort on the day legislators are gathering for organization meetings ahead of their 2020 session starting in January.

The union says more than 30 school districts have canceled classes or are having students work online from home that day.

Fort Wayne Community Schools Superintendent Dr. Wendy Robinson has asked teachers to submit their request for a personal day to attend the rally by Monday so the district can plan for classroom coverage. Robinson said the district has no plans to close schools on the day of the rally.

Northwest Allen County Schools will not close Nov. 19 either, the district said Thursday.

WANE 15 has reached out to other school districts in the area to learn their plans.

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