Lawrence, Washington townships join other districts in canceling class for 'Red for Ed Action Day'

Teachers will return to the Indiana Statehouse November 19 to rally for education. (WTHR photo/File)

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — More Indiana school districts are closing schools so teachers can attend a rally at the Indiana Statehouse.

Schools in Washington Township and Lawrence Township will be closed Nov. 19 for the "Red for Ed Action Day." The districts join Indianapolis Public Schools and several others in canceling classes for the rally.

"We are a school district that values people above all else. We support the collective voice of our teachers," said MSD of Lawrence Township Superintendent Dr. Shawn A. Smith. "Having flexibility in our calendar will allow the district to make up this day.

Lawrence Township students will now have an eLearning Day on Feb. 14, 2020 and the staff will report to work. Washington Township students will have a make-up day on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020.

In an email last week, the Indiana State Teachers Association said at least 35 districts across the state had canceled classes for Nov. 19 as of Nov. 8, representing nearly 200,000 students. Anderson, Beech Grove, Greencastle, Tipton and Wayne Township schools are among the districts in central Indiana that have closed for the day.