INDIANAPOLIS (WFFT) – More than 16,000 teachers and supporters are expected to rally outside the Indiana Statehouse Tuesday.
The Indiana State Teachers Association said “Red for Ed Action Day” is a way to bring many issues facing lawmakers straight to the legislatures.
Teacher unions say members are frustrated over seeing little or no pay raises in a decade but face additional demands from the state.
Lawmakers will hold their annual organizational day ahead of the 2020 legislative session Tuesday.
About of Indiana’s public schools closed because of staff absences for Tuesday’s rally, including Fort Wayne Community Schools and East Allen County Schools.
However, it is unlikely some issues, particularly funding will be addressed.
Governor Eric Holcomb, who is in Florida, said he's waiting for a teacher pay commission he appointed to make recommendations by the end of next year.
Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma said Monday that no additional spending will likely be taken up in 2020 after a new two-year state budget was approved in April boosting base school spending by 2.5% both years.
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