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Littleton Public Schools is canceling all classes on April 27 after a flurry of teacher absentee requests to attend rallies at the state Capitol calling for increased education funding.
Child-care programs will proceed as normal if adequate staff are available, and athletic competitions are expected to take place as scheduled, according to an email sent to parents by the district. Charter schools are expected to communicate with parents directly.
While no students will attend classes, April 27 is still a workday for all district employees, and employee absences must be taken in accordance with district policy.
“Please know the decision to cancel classes is never taken lightly,” LPS Superintendent Brian Ewert said in the email. “We recognize that this presents challenges and inconveniences for many of our families, and for this we apologize.”
Rallying teachers plan to attend the second of two “Days of Action” at the Capitol, organized by the Colorado Education Association, calling for increased education funding and to protest proposed reform to state pensions.
Jefferson County and Douglas County schools will be closed on April 26 as teachers attend rallies. The rallies follow a prior event on April 16 that saw Englewood schools cancel all classes and Littleton teachers stage a “walk-in” protest before school.
“The LPS Board of Education and I have been working closely with legislators throughout this legislative session for solutions that restore education funding to our schools and ensure our students and our educators receive the supports they deserve,” Ewert said in the email. “We sincerely appreciate the hard work our legislators are doing on our behalf. That being said, there is more work to be done to provide adequate funding for public schools in Colorado. All voices play a vital role in this effort.”
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