CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – Teachers across South Carolina are calling out on Wednesday, and will head to the statehouse to call for raises and smaller class sizes in a rally called ‘#AllOutMay1.”
This rally is causing for both Dorchester District 2 and Colleton County to cancel school. However, they both plan to discuss make-up days during special meetings on Tuesday afternoon. Dorchester District 2 said Tuesday’s meeting is based on the school closure.
Dorchester District 2 is providing ‘activity buses’ for teachers to ride to the statehouse. They will have to pay what the district is calling a ‘minimal amount of money’ for operational costs and gas. No taxpayer funding will be used for the buses owned by the district. Right now, there is no word on how many buses will be used on Wednesday.
In Charleston and Berkeley County School Districts, school will be as normal. Both are working to arrange additional substitute teachers and said administrators plan to help by covering classes.
State Superintendent Molly Spearman also plans to serve as a substitute on Wednesday.
Spearman released a statement saying in part, “I support teachers using their voice to advocate for needed change and share in their commitment to ensuring reforms become reality. However, I cannot support teachers walking out on their obligations to South Carolina students, families, and the thousands of hardworking bus drivers, cafeteria workers, counselors, aides, and custodial staff whose livelihoods depend on our schools being operational.”
Berkeley County School District released a statement to the closures saying in part, “This year our board provided a mid-year retroactive pay increase to teachers as a way of showing the quality of education children in Berkeley County receive is a priority.” The statement goes on to say, “For those teachers requesting to participate in the May 1 rally in Columbia, we have arranged substitutes or class coverage via employees of schools and our central services office.”
Charleston County School District also released a statement saying in part, “We understand teachers’ desire to advocate for improvements to our state’s educational system, and there is no reason to create divisions among those of us who share so many of the same goals.”
Charleston County School District went on to say they are arranging additional substitutes.
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