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More than 1 million NC students will have May 16 off due to teachers marching in Raleigh

Wake County closes schools May 16 so teachers can attend rally.

Monika Johnson-Hostler, Chair of the Wake County School Board, announced that schools would close on May 16th because so many teachers requested the day off to go to a protest in Raleigh.
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Monika Johnson-Hostler, Chair of the Wake County School Board, announced that schools would close on May 16th because so many teachers requested the day off to go to a protest in Raleigh.

More than one million North Carolina public school students will not have classes on Wednesday, May 16, due to an exodus of teachers going to a rally planned that day in Raleigh.

Thousands of teachers from across North Carolina are expected to come to Raleigh for the "March For Students and Rally For Respect" to lobby state lawmakers for better pay and working conditions.

Because of all the expected teacher absences, at least 42 of North Carolina's 115 school districts have announced they'll close school on May 16. Those districts represent around 1,043,000 students, or 68 percent of the state's public school students.

Here are the districts that have announced that May 16 will be a teacher work day. Click on the district names and linked stories to learn more about how each district is handling AP exams, makeup days and other questions related to the closing.

Alamance-Burlington: 22,700 students.

Alexander County: 4,900 students.

Asheboro City: 4,600 students.

Asheville City: 4,400 students.

Brunswick County: 12,600 students.

Buncombe County: 24,000 students.

Cabarrus County: 32,500 students.

Caldwell County: 11,600 students.

Chapel Hill-Carrboro: 12,300 students.

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Charlotte-Mecklenburg: 147,400 students.

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Chatham County: 8,800 students.

Cumberland County: 50,100 students.

Davie County: 5,100 students.

Durham County: 33,100 students.

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Franklin County: 8,200 students.

Gaston County: 31,600 students.

Granville County: 7,500 students.

Guilford County: 71,700 students.

Hickory Public Schools: 16,200 students.

Hoke County: 8,700 students.

Iredell-Statesville: 20,400 students.

Johnston County: 36,000 students.

Kannapolis City Schools: 5,300 students.

Lexington City Schools: 3,100 students.

Mooresville Grade School District: 6,000 students.

Nash-Rocky Mount: 15,100 students.

New Hanover County: 26,200 students.

Onslow County: 26,500 students.

Orange County: 7,300 students.

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Pender County: 9,200 students.

Pitt County: 23,500 students.

Robeson County: 22,400 students.

Rowan-Salisbury: 19,100 students.

Stanly County: 8,300 students.

​Thomasville: 2,300 students.

Union County: 41,300 students.

Vance County: 5,900 students.

Wake County: 160,100 students.

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Warren County: 2,000 students.

Wayne County: 18,500 students.

Wilson County: 11,600 students.

Winston Salem-Forsyth: 54,500 students.

Wake County, Charlotte-Mecklenburg, Guilford County, Winston-Salem Forsyth, Cumberland County and Union County are the state's six largest school systems. The state's 16 largest districts have all closed for Wednesday..

At least two Durham charter schools, Central Park School For Children and Research Triangle High School, will also close May 16.

The school closings are forcing families to make alternative childcare plans.

School districts are also arranging meals for at least some of their low-income students who'd go hungry if they were not in school. Schools are also making plans to accommodate students who have exams on May 16.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools will close schools on May 16, when about 2,000 of the district's teachers plan to march in Raleigh for better pay and working conditions.

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T. Keung Hui: 919-829-4534, @nckhui
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