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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. 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 requested personal time off for the Nov. 19 rally that they wouldn't be able to find enough substitute teachers to cover classrooms. A state teachers union leader says at least 4,000 teachers have registered for the rally. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy File)

INDIANAPOLIS — 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.

In Northwest Indiana, the School City of East Chicago and the School City of Hammond and Lake Ridge Schools will participate in E-Learning days on Nov. 19.

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Michigan City Area Schools will close altogether and make up the missed school day on Presidents Day, Feb. 17.

Portage Township Schools will also close on Nov. 19, a school spokesperson confirmed. Portage students' make-up day is scheduled for Jan. 10.

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Is your community participating in the planned Red for Ed Action Day? Let Times education reporter Carley Lanich know at carley.lanich@nwi.com.

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