Thousands of students around the state of Indiana will be out of school on Tuesday while teachers storm the statehouse to demand better pay.
The “Red for Ed” rally is set to commence at 9 a.m. on the south lawn of the Indiana statehouse tomorrow morning, as lawmakers return for the 2020 legislative session.
The Indiana State Teacher’s Association claims it has three main demands:
- Higher pay for teachers
- Standardized tests to have no effect on pay
- Professional development requirement repealed
WIBC’s Hammer and Nigel offered perspective on the rally Monday evening.
“I’m pro-teacher and if this gets them one step closer to what they need, I’m all for it.”
“Everyone including Rob Kendall wants teachers to make more money, but the question becomes, ‘Why exactly are you protesting tomorrow, and why is it at the State House instead of at the admin buildings?’ Because last year, the lawmakers voted to give a lot of money to teachers, but the way that the system works is that money goes to your local school admins. And whether or not they decide to drop any of that money out of their pockets, that’s up to them. So what more do you want these lawmakers to do?
Now if this is about more than money, okay. But it feels as though this has been branded poorly.”
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