North Carolina school systems cancel classes ahead of rally

North Carolina school systems cancel classes ahead of rally
North Carolina's largest school system has joined a growing list of systems who are canceling classes on the day teachers across the state plan to gather for a rally

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's largest school system has joined a growing list of systems which are canceling classes on the day teachers across the state plan to gather for a rally.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reports officials with the Wake County Public School System say nearly 2,000 teachers have already requested a day off on May 1 to join colleagues in Raleigh for a planned protest.

Other districts canceling classes on May 1 are Durham, Chapel Hill-Carrboro, Orange County, Guilford County, Winston-Salem/Forsyth County and Lexington City Schools. At least 42 of the state's 115 school districts closed ahead of last year's protest.

State Superintendent Mark Johnson and Senate leader Phil Berger have criticized the decision to hold the protest on a school day, citing how students will miss classroom time.

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Information from: The News & Observer, http://www.newsobserver.com