- Associated Press - Thursday, April 2, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - School officials in Cranston say they won’t decide whether to close schools on Good Friday until after 6 a.m. Friday morning.

Close to 200 teachers and 45 assistants have asked for the holiday off.

Janice Ruggieri, chair of the Cranston School Committee, tells WPRO-AM (https://bit.ly/1xCsLXx) the teacher’s union negotiated a raise for teacher assistants, bus aides and behavioral technical assistants in exchange for conceding some holidays including Good Friday.

About 200 teachers filed a lawsuit March 16 after their requests to observe Good Friday were denied. An agreement in Superior Court last week allowed teachers to take the day off if they submitted a request by April 1.

This year is the first in at least 25 years that Cranston schools have had class on the holiday.

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Information from: WPRO-FM, https://www.92profm.com/

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