JCPS will be one of several Kentucky school districts closed Friday after around 2,500 teachers called off, the district announced Thursday afternoon.

Many teachers will be heading to Frankfort, hoping to persuade lawmakers to override Gov. Matt Bevin’s budget and tax bill vetoes by rallying the last two days of the legislative session.

As of 10:30 p.m. Thursday, 44 public districts have already canceled class. Another four said they would be having half-days to allow teachers to make the protests. Nearby Anchorage Independent, Oldham County and Bullitt County are also closed, while Hardin County announced it will be open.

This will be the third day of organized protest from teachers at the capital, and the second time JCPS has called off for it. After the Republican-led legislature rushed a pension bill through March 29, around 1,200 JCPS teachers called in sick in protest, causing the district to close.

On April 2, thousands of teachers rallied for more education funding and against the pension reform bill. JCPS, like the majority of Kentucky districts, was already closed for spring break.

The protests also overflowed into hometowns, with students and teachers holding “walk-ins” at multiple JCPS schools Thursday morning.

JCPS Superintendent Marty Pollio has asked the Jefferson County Board of Education to waive the missed day instead of making it up so the district won’t need to redo graduation schedules. The board will decide at a special meeting Friday. If the board approves the request, the last day for JCPS will be May 31.

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Before joining Insider Louisville, Krauth was a multiplatform reporter at TechRepublic, where she wrote news stories and features about the intersection of technology and business. Krauth is a graduate of the University of Louisville, where she was an award-winning editor of The Louisville Cardinal and obtained a degree in investigative journalism, with a minor in Russian studies. She completed a prestigious Dow Jones data internship at the Austin American-Statesman last summer. Email Olivia at [email protected]


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