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Indiana governor won’t see big Statehouse teacher rally

November 17, 2019
Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb speaks with reporters Thursday, Nov. 13, 2019, at the Old National Center in Indianapolis. Holcomb didn't criticize more than 100 school districts for closing the day of a union-organized rally at the Statehouse next week, saying it was a local decision. (AP Photo/Tom Davies)(AP Photo/Tom Davies)
Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb speaks with reporters Thursday, Nov. 13, 2019, at the Old National Center in Indianapolis. Holcomb didn't criticize more than 100 school districts for closing the day of a union-organized rally at the Statehouse next week, saying it was a local decision. (AP Photo/Tom Davies)(AP Photo/Tom Davies)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb isn’t expected to be around the Statehouse when thousands of teachers will be attending a rally there calling for better pay.

Holcomb’s office says he will be in Florida on Tuesday for a Republican Governors Association conference that was scheduled months ago.

His trip comes as teacher unions say more than 100 school districts around the state will be closed while their teachers head to the Indianapolis protest.

Holcomb hasn’t criticized school districts for closing the day of the union-organized rally, saying it was a local decision and that he applauds teachers for expressing their concerns.

The rally dubbed “Red for Ed Action Day” will happen on the day legislators are gathering for organization meetings ahead of their 2020 session.