School in session ‘as usual’ in Carmel on Red for Ed Action Day


Carmel Clay Schools plans to operate as usual on Nov. 19, as more than 100 other school districts have cancelled classes to accommodate the thousands of teachers expected to attend the Red for Ed Action Day at the Indiana Statehouse.

“We do have several teachers attending, but we have substitutes in place to have a safe and productive day with our students,” CCS Supt. Michael Beresford said Nov. 18.

The Carmel Teachers’ Association has encouraged educators not attending the rally to wear red during the school day to show their support.

The Indiana State Teachers Association is organizing the Red for Ed Action Day from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 19 to ask legislators to use some of the state budget surplus to increase teacher salaries. They also will request that lawmakers hold students and teachers harmless for low I-LEARN scores in the program’s first year.

Thousands of teachers from across the state are expected to attend, which has locally led to the closure of Wayne Township, Indianapolis Public Schools and several other districts that day. Other districts are planning e-learning days.

Legislators are holding a one-day session Nov. 19 to prepare for the upcoming General Assembly, which begins Jan. 7, 2020.

Last month CCS and CTA approved a two-year collective bargaining agreement that includes the biggest raise for teachers in more than 10 years. Teachers are receiving a 4 percent raise plus increment this school year and a 2 percent raise plus increment for the 2020-21 school year.