NLCS Will Remain Open for “Red For Ed” Day Tuesday

(BEDFORD) – North Lawrence Community and Mitchell Community Schools will remain open tomorrow for Red For Ed Action Day.

More than 140 school districts in the state have announced they will be closed that day and more than 13,200 people have registered to attend the event at the Reorganization for the Indiana State Legislature at the Statehouse. The North Lawrence Education Association says around 67 teachers from NLCS will be in attending tomorrow’s rally.

“About 30 percent of the teachers will be going to Indianapolis,” says Dr. Mike Wilcox Superintendent of Mitchell Schools. “We support our teachers, however, we will have school tomorrow, having a fun day at school and supporting education.”

Letter from NLCS Superintendent Dr. Ty Mungle:

Bartholomew County, North Daviess, and Salem Community Schools will be closed tomorrow.

Tuesday is the first day back for lawmakers for the 2020 legislative session.

Red of Ed Action Day is part of a national movement encouraging communities to wear red and show support for public education.

The Red for Ed event is being held on the grounds of the Indiana Statehouse, 200 W. Washington Street.

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  • Professional development requirement repealed

Governor Eric Holcomb will not be there tomorrow. His office says he will be in Florida for a Republican Governor’s Association Conference.

According to the schedule released by the Indiana State Teachers Association, the day will start on the south lawn, which is the area just north of Washington Street. That’s also the place to be to hear the speakers, who will be on the south steps.

The march will start following brief remarks from the south lawn at 10:50 a.m. and move north along Capitol Avenue, turn west onto Ohio Street for several blocks and head back south along West Street and then east along Washington Street in front of the Indiana Government Center, back to the Statehouse.

Schedule of Events

  • 8:30 a.m.: ISTA is expecting crowds to start arriving, although the Indiana State Police is recommending participants arrive as early as possible. There will be an ISTA tent for participants to check-in.
  • 9 a.m.: ISTA is planning to make human tunnels around the entrances to the Statehouse.
  • 10:30 a.m.: Remarks on the south steps from ISTA President Keith Gambill and Becky Pringle, National Education Association Vice President.
  • 10:50 a.m.: March.
  • Noon: Lunch. There will be food trucks on the Robert Orr Plaza, just north of the Indiana Government Center.
  • 12:30 p.m.: Marchers will enter the Statehouse.
  • 1:15 p.m.: ISTA members will share their stories in the south atrium of the Statehouse.
  • 1:35 p.m.: Action day activities, like a “grade-in” and postcard writing, will take place in the south atrium.
  • 3 p.m.: The event ends.