Superintendent Dr. Wendy Robinson has announced that Fort Wayne Community Schools will close Nov. 19 due to the number of teachers going to the Red for Ed Rally in Indianapolis.
Teachers from throughout the state will convene on the Statehouse as the Indiana General Assembly begins its ceremonial start to the 2020 session. Teachers, parents and activists will rally for more public school funding and better pay for Hoosier teachers.
"As long as I have been superintendent, I have been the first to support teachers and fight for the needs of our students at the Statehouse," Robinson said in a letter to parents. "As a district, we have pursued federal grants to provide pay increases for teachers when state funding was not enough."
When the rally was announced weeks ago, FWCS worked with the Fort Wayne Education Association to create a plan for teachers to attend the rally and still maintain enough teachers in school to hold classes, Robinson said. However, the number of teachers requesting the day off grew to the point the district didn't think they could safely educate their students, she said.
School offices will remain open, and the day will be made up on March 13, which was already set aside as a reserve make-up day.
Robinson acknowledged the closing will be an inconvenience for many families, but expressed hope alternative arrangements could be made over the weekend.
She also mentioned next year's state and federal elections, and suggested voters look at how their state representatives have voted when it comes to public school funding, and then make their choices wisely.