BRUNSWICK COUNTY—Brunswick County Schools announced plans to close most of it schools—all but its Early College High School—next Wednesday due to nearly 300 teachers requesting time off to participate in a protest.
Yesterday, New Hanover County Schools made the call at 3:40 p.m. that it schools would be closed May 16, after pledging to remain open the day before.
Over a dozen school districts in the state have announced closures due to a high volume of teachers requesting personal leave on May 16.
The North Carolina Association of Educators has organized a Rally for Respect and March for Students in Raleigh on that day, to protest current funding issues the school system is facing.
According to the NCAE president Mark Jewell, teachers are walking out to protest low per-pupil spending, salary caps and more. Read more here for more information on the teacher’s complaints.
Students will not have to make up the missed day in both New Hanover and Brunswick County public schools.
According to Brunswick County Schools, Early College High School will operate on normal schedule May 16 “due to graduation the following Saturday and school activities that need to take place leading up to graduation.”
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