School leaders across N.C. brace for mass teacher absences during upcoming protest

Ann Doss Helms And T. Keung Hui, News & Observer

Raleigh parent Stephanie Lormand urged interim Wake County Superintendent Del Burns on Tuesday to close school on May 16. She told Burns that he has nothing to lose.

“Please close Wake County schools on May 16th to allow the largest school system in the state to advocate for public school funding at the state legislature,” Lormand said during Tuesday’s school board meeting.

The Durham district has said nearly 1,000 teachers, or about 41 percent of its teaching corps, have requested personal leave May 16, with some schools reporting that nearly all will be absent. The school board will hold a special meeting Wednesday to decide whether to close schools.

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