North Adams cancels classes Tuesday as teachers rally in Indy


    North Adams Community Schools will close Tuesday due to a large number of teachers who will be out that day to attend a protest rally in Indianapolis.
    Thousands of Hoosier teachers plan to converge on the Statehouse to attend the Indiana State Teachers Association’s “Red for Ed” action day as lawmakers return to the capital to begin the 2020 legislative session.
    The state’s largest teachers union called on its members to take a personal day to lobby state lawmakers for better pay, among other things.
    “It was not possible to find enough substitutes to cover all the classes for that day,” Superintendent Brent Lehman said of the decision to cancel classes. “I do support the teachers’ efforts to share their concerns with state leaders.”
    More than 13,000 people — the majority of them teachers — have registered to attend the event. More than half a million children across the state will be out of school Tuesday, about 45% of the state's public school students.