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Parents support Indiana schools closing so teachers can attend Red for Ed rally next week

As of Nov. 18, only two Allen County school districts plan to hold classes on Tuesday, Nov. 19.

Posted: Nov 11, 2019 10:36 PM
Updated: Nov 18, 2019 3:50 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Teachers from across Indiana are getting ready for a statewide rally at the Indiana statehouse Nov. 19.

Many districts in Indiana are canceling classes for the day so teachers can attend the rally.

Monday, Huntington County Community Schools announced it will be closed because 115 teachers plan to attend the rally.

Nearly one-third of teachers at Fort Wayne Community Schools are using personal days to attend the rally, but the district said Monday it is staying open.

"Our students who see us as their home, as their safe place. I think about meals that may not be had because students aren't in school," said FWCS board member Maria Norman.

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However, many parents feel the district should close.

About a dozen parents and their kids stood outside Croninger Elementary School Monday showing their support for teachers.

"That statement of Fort Wayne Community Schools closing, will send a message," said Jennifer Matthias, who has kids in FWCS.

More than 10,000 teachers across the state plan on attending the "Red for Ed" in downtown Indianapolis Nov. 19.

That's the day state legislatures have their organizational meeting.

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"We want to hold our legislatures responsible for what they've done and try to get them back on track," said Sandra Vohs, Fort Wayne Educators Association president.

This year, teachers have a lot at stake.

"If the legislature does not pass some 'hold harmless' legislation, teachers won't get their raises until next year. And they normally don't pass legislation on origination day," said Vohs.

FWCS board member Ann Duff said she already has hotel reservations ahead of the rally.

"I'm going to support our teachers, support public education," Duff said.

As of Nov. 18, only two Allen County school districts plan to hold classes on Tuesday, Nov. 19.

Rallies are being planned outside schools before the classes begin.

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 67857

Reported Deaths: 2975
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Marion14710719
Lake7037269
Elkhart458276
Allen3611157
St. Joseph311479
Hamilton2489104
Cass17509
Hendricks1742105
Vanderburgh170012
Johnson1648118
Porter117439
Tippecanoe109411
Clark107545
Madison84265
LaPorte82929
Kosciusko81612
Howard80464
Marshall74222
Bartholomew73847
Floyd68444
Monroe68430
Noble63528
Delaware63352
Boone63246
Dubois62412
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Warrick50230
Grant49629
Vigo46810
Dearborn46128
Morgan41832
Henry36118
Clinton3523
White34510
Montgomery33821
Lawrence32627
Wayne3159
Decatur31332
Harrison28922
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Scott24710
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Greene23834
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Putnam2218
Jennings20712
Franklin20510
Jasper2032
Steuben1993
Gibson1984
Ripley1887
Perry17112
Starke1647
Orange16324
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Posey1570
Fayette1547
Jefferson1492
Whitley1486
Fulton1442
Carroll1422
Wells1312
Knox1290
Huntington1183
Washington1151
Spencer1133
Newton10910
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Randolph1024
Clay975
Jay820
Adams812
Rush794
Owen781
Sullivan751
Pulaski711
Brown701
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Benton600
Blackford532
Ohio504
Parke451
Pike450
Switzerland430
Crawford420
Martin420
Vermillion380
Union320
Warren191
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Ohio Coronavirus Cases

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Confirmed Cases: 93031

Reported Deaths: 3529
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Franklin17107514
Cuyahoga12646477
Hamilton9110247
Lucas4852318
Montgomery402477
Summit3248217
Marion287544
Butler268359
Mahoning2393253
Pickaway235242
Stark1679132
Lorain162076
Warren160035
Columbiana157060
Trumbull1421103
Fairfield123825
Delaware119418
Licking111642
Clark107613
Lake103435
Wood91058
Clermont83510
Medina83133
Miami76837
Tuscarawas74613
Portage71160
Allen64642
Greene61911
Belmont58926
Ashtabula53845
Richland53610
Geauga52843
Mercer52213
Erie51627
Wayne49258
Ross3874
Huron3714
Ottawa35225
Athens3441
Madison32910
Sandusky32917
Holmes3206
Darke31627
Hancock3152
Lawrence2160
Union2141
Auglaize2135
Jefferson2043
Washington19722
Putnam19317
Coshocton1856
Scioto1851
Muskingum1781
Knox1652
Crawford1645
Preble1642
Morrow1582
Shelby1574
Seneca1533
Hardin15012
Clinton1466
Fulton1391
Ashland1303
Defiance1294
Highland1271
Williams1233
Logan1201
Wyandot1195
Brown1121
Guernsey1106
Hocking1089
Carroll1075
Henry1061
Champaign1051
Perry1052
Fayette940
Monroe9018
Van Wert681
Pike660
Jackson650
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Gallia571
Adams532
Vinton302
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Morgan200
Harrison191
Noble160
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