Salt Lake City teachers plan walkout for increased funding

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune file photo) Salt Lake City teachers have announced a march to the Utah State Capitol on Friday, Feb. 28, 2020.

Teachers in Salt Lake City are planning a walkout next week — a protest to apply pressure to the Utah State Legislature as it decides how much money it will allocate to the state’s education system.

The Salt Lake Education Association, the city’s teachers’ union, is planning the walkout for Friday, Feb. 28, according to a post on the SLEA’s Facebook page.

A rally is set for 1 p.m. at the Federal Building, 125 S. State St. Teachers will then walk up Capitol Hill to the statehouse, where a short program, in conjunction with the Utah Education Association, will take place at 2 p.m. under the rotunda.

Attendees are encouraged to wear red to show solidarity.

The teachers “are walking to increase funding for Utah Public Schools so we can adequately serve our students,” according to the post.

The Salt Lake City School District announced a half-day at the district’s schools on the 28th, since so many teachers will be out of class. “We will not have the capacity to provide supervision to keep your students safe and learning that afternoon,” a district newsletter said.

Schools will be let out at either 11:45 a.m. or 12:30 p.m.; the district’s website lists which schools will close at which times at slcschools.org.