Schools to shut down tomorrow as part of nationwide strike

A closed school in the northern city of Safed, March 13, 2020. (David Cohen/Flash90)
A closed school in the northern city of Safed, March 13, 2020. (David Cohen/Flash90)

Schools across Israel are expected to be shuttered tomorrow as part of a strike protesting the government’s plans to slash funding from local authorities in the upcoming budget.

The Teachers Union has also said it is joining the strike. The Jerusalem Municipality says it will not be taking part in the strike and school will continue in the capital as usual, but it is unclear if teachers will be showing up.

Students in high, middle and elementary schools as well as children in preschools and daycare are slated to stay home.

The full list of those local authorities taking part remains unclear at this point.

The director general of the Education Ministry says in a letter that the only schools that will remain open tomorrow are special education schools.

The strike is said to center around a dispute over pay for classroom assistants and other budgetary concerns.

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