The Columbia Police Department said Tuesday that it does not expect to close roads around the State House Wednesday, when thousands of teachers, students and their parents are expected to march down Senate Street before making their way to the capitol.
More than 4,000 people have registered to march at the State House, according to the rallys organizers, upstart teachers group SCforED. Teachers are expected to drive in from across South Carolina, including area counties where some districts have closed.
Columbia Police Department spokeswoman Jennifer Timmons told The State Tuesday the agency will assist with traffic.
(WRDW/WAGT) — A small group of local teachers are expected to be out of school Wednesday, the same day as a protest in South Carolina.
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Public parking garages are spread out throughout downtown, but some also give motorists with monthly pass holders priority, including on Lady, Lincoln, Park and Sumter streets. Attendees are asked to carpool or take Lyft or Uber ride share cars.
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Security in and outside the capitol will be present Wednesday for marchers or other visitors, said the S.C. Department of public Safety.
Richland School District 2 schools will be closed Wednesday, the latest South Carolina district to cancel classes due to a high number of expected teacher absences for a rally at the S.C. State House.
Thousands of South Carolina teachers are expected to call out Wednesday in demand of higher pay statewide.
Teachers have been putting in requests for time off Wednesday to protest for higher pay and better working conditions at the State House, sending districts scrambling to find substitutes.
Unfortunately, on Tuesday afternoon the number of requested absences reached a point that any last-minute absences would undermine our ability to provide adequate coverage at our schools, the district said in a release Tuesday afternoon. Therefore, we can no longer ensure that the school day could proceed in a safe and secure manner with minimum disruption.
There was no word Tuesday on how many Richland 2 teachers had requested Wednesday off. The move was met with praise from the Richland Two Black Parents Association.
We are glad to see teachers using their power, a statement from the association reads. We hope this reveals the sleeping giant has awakened and that the oppressive state of education and exploitation of teachers is finally about to change!!
As of Tuesday, more than 4,000 teachers, students and advocates have registered to attend Wednesdays events, according to SC for Ed. Richland 1 and Lexington-Richland 5 have already announced plans to cancel. Sumter County schools also announced plans to cancel.
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Richland 2 officials considered closing down district offices and putting district staff in schools to make up for the teacher absences, but those plans were scrapped Tuesday when the number of requested absences reached a point that any last-minute absences would undermine our ability to provide adequate coverage at our schools, the district said in a statement.
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Even though classes are canceled, lunch will still be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday. Any Richland 2 student can receive a bagged lunch at Bethel-Hanberry Elementary, Jackson Creek Elementary, Keels Elementary, North Springs Elementary and Pontiac Elementary.
This was a very difficult decision, the district release said. We recognize the impact closing schools has on our students and families. We apologize for any inconveniences this causes. As always, our decisions to close schools are based on ensuring the safety and security of our students and employees. Despite our efforts to hold school on May 1, our plans can no longer accommodate any additional employee absences.
State Superintendent of Schools Molly Spearman has spoken out against the demonstration, saying teachers who take part are walking out on their obligations.