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The Indiana State Teachers Association is pressing forward on demands for lawmakers to send more funding to schools for better teacher pay despite most legislative leaders saying big budget asks have to wait until 2021.

With the legislative session weeks away, state lawmakers and the governor are talking more about their plans and priorities for 2020.

A proposal from state workforce agencies would cut funding for classes that teach nutrition, personal finance, and other skills. It has many Family and Consumer Sciences teachers across the state worried.

The Department of Workforce Development is proposing a cut in state funding for several life-skills classes that teach things like basic nutrition and personal finance. The plan has upset some teachers and education officials. 

As the weather gets colder and tougher to navigate with ice and snow, many schools will likely use scheduled make-up days when kids can’t get to class. But more are using what’s called eLearning instead of cancelling school, and the state has made it easier for them to do so.

It’s a Tuesday morning, just before 7. It’s still dark outside and a group of more than 20 teachers from Bedford, just south of Bloomington, are getting on a school bus. They’re going to the Statehouse. 

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As many of their colleagues from Lafayette and Tippecanoe County schools protested in Indianapolis Tuesday, teachers at West Lafayette schools held classes – but not before convening early morning rallies at several schools.

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Nearly a third of the Tippecanoe School Corporation’s teachers have now asked for personal days next Tuesday, causing Superintendent Scott Hanback to announce the corporation will shut down that day.

The teachers will be going to the Statehouse for Organization Day – a time when lawmakers plan for the official start of the legislative calendar in January.

The state’s schools chief has announced what she plans to prioritize during her final year in office.

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Of Tippecanoe County’s three school corporations, so far only Lafayette School Corporation officials plan to close for next week’s “Red For Ed” rally at the Indiana Statehouse.

Some 130 LSC educators have asked for the day off, so Superintendent Les Huddle Monday decided to cancel classes on November 19, allowing his teachers to rally in front of state lawmakers.

Huddle says the district could not find enough substitute teachers to cover those who’ve requested personal days next Tuesday, so he had no choice but to cancel classes.

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