BY T. KEUNG HUI AND ANN DOSS HELMS
May 08, 2018 04:29 PM
More than a third of North Carolina’s public school students will not have classes on May 16 because schools will be closed due to the teacher rally planned that day in Raleigh.
Thousands of teachers from across North Carolina are expected to come to Raleigh for the “March For Students and Rally For Respect” to lobby state lawmakers for better pay and working conditions.
Because of all the expected teacher absences, 12 North Carolina school districts have announced they’ll close school on May 16. Those districts represent more than 500,000 students, or 33 percent of the state’s public school students.
The following school districts will close on May 16th in order for teachers to go to Raleigh in support of public education across North Carolina: Asheboro City; Asheville City; Cabarrus County; Chapel Hill-Carrboro; Charlotte-Mecklenburg; Durham County; Guilford County; Iredell-Statesville; Mooresville Grade School District; Nash-Rocky Mount; Orange County; Wake County
Wake County, Charlotte-Mecklenburg and Guilford County are the state’s three largest school systems.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools will close schools on May 16, when about 2,000 of the district’s teachers plan to march in Raleigh for better pay and working conditions. WBTV
The school closings are forcing families to make alternative childcare plans.
School districts are also arranging meals for at least some of their low-income students who’d go hungry if they were not in school. Schools are also making plans to accommodate students who have exams on May 16.