13 and counting: Which NC school districts are closing for May 16 teacher protest

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

More than a third of North Carolina’s public school students will not have classes on May 16 because schools will be closed due to the teacher rally planned that day in Raleigh.

Thousands of teachers from across North Carolina are expected to come to Raleigh for the “March For Students and Rally For Respect” to lobby state lawmakers for better pay and working conditions.

Because of all the expected teacher absences, 13 North Carolina school districts have announced they’ll close school on May 16. Those districts represent more than 538,000 students, or 35 percent of the state’s public school students.

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