Fourteen area school districts closed today to rally in Indy

Statewide—Thousands of teachers are expected to pack the Indiana Statehouse for a rally calling for further increase teacher pay in the biggest such protest in the state amid a wave of educator activism across the United States. Indiana State Teacher’s Association says 146 school districts will be closed while their teachers attend today’s rally.

Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb and leaders of the GOP-dominated Legislature have avoided direct criticism of teachers or the decisions by school districts to close, but don’t expect to take action on further boosting school funding until at least 2021.

Teacher unions say members are frustrated overseeing little or no pay raises in a decade. It’s also the first-day lawmakers are back for the 2020 legislative session. Indiana is 36th in the nation for average teacher pay.

The Indiana State Teacher’s Association says there are three main goals:

  • Higher pay for teachers
  • Standardized tests to have no effect on pay
  • Professional development requirement repealed


School districts closed today in the WRBI listening area include:

Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation

Decatur County Community Schools

Edinburgh Community School Corporation

Fayette County School Corporation

Franklin County Community School Corporation

Jac-Cen-Del Community School Corporation

Jennings County School Corporation

Madison Consolidated Schools

Milan Community Schools

Rush County Schools

Shelbyville Central Schools

South Dearborn Community School Corporation

Southwestern-Jefferson County Consolidated Schools

Union County College Corner School District