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Indiana governor doesn’t knock school closings for protest

Indiana governor doesn’t knock school closings for protest


INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb isn’t promising any quick action on the call for further boosting teacher pay that thousands of educators will be making at the Statehouse next week.

Teacher unions say at least 107 school districts with more than 40 percent of Indiana’s students will be closed Tuesday while their teachers attend the rally.

In Northwest Indiana, the School City of East Chicago, the School City of Hammond and Lake Ridge Schools will participate in eLearning Days. Griffith Public Schools, Michigan City Area Schools, M.S.D. of Boone Township and Portage Township Schools plan to close.

Michigan City students will make their day up on President's Day, Feb. 17, M.S.D. of Boone Township has planned a make-up day on Feb. 14, and Portage students' make-up day is scheduled for Jan. 10.

Portage Township Schools' Board of Trustees passed a resolution at its Monday night meeting supporting the statewide rallies and naming Nov. 19 "Portage Red for Ed Day."

"Our educators are our children's advocates — they advocate for them every day in our schools, and now they are taking their efforts to the statehouse," Portage Superintendent Amanda Alaniz said in a district news release. "I want to thank those who are taking that opportunity to attend the Red for Ed rally to advocate for increased funding, fair assessment protocols and reasonable professional requirements for teachers."

Holcomb didn’t criticize school districts for closing the day of the union-organized rally, saying it was a local decision.

The Republican governor said Thursday he applauds teachers for expressing their concerns but he’s waiting for a teacher pay commission he appointed to make recommendations by the end of next year.

The rally dubbed "Red for Ed Action Day” will happen on the day legislators are gathering for organization meetings ahead of their 2020 session.

Is your community participating in the planned Red for Ed Action Day? Let Times education reporter Carley Lanich know at

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