COLUMBIA, SC (WFXG) - Teachers from all across the Palmetto State are planning a walkout Wednesday, May 1.

The walkout is being organized by SC for Ed, an organization seeking to improve education conditions in South Carolina. The organization released an official statement on their Twitter account saying that for nearly a year, they have been engaging with lawmakers to help make changes to the state’s school systems. However, they say the voices of educators has “fallen on deaf ears.”

The main event is expected to begin at around 9 a.m. with a rally outside the Department of Education building on Senate St. in Columbia followed by a march to and around the State House. Guest speakers will address the crowds, discussing a variety of topics including class size, teacher shortages, the need for more school counselors, and salaries.

As the movement has gained steam, some school districts have decided to close their doors Wednesday. Lexington-Richmond County, Chester County, Colleton Countys, and several other school districts have notified parents that students are not to attend class May 1. As of the time of this article’s publication Aiken County, McCormick County, Edgefield County, Bamberg County, and Barnwell County schools have not issued a statement about closings.

FOX 54 reached out to Aiken County schools and received this statement Monday night.

SC State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman issued a statement Monday.

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