- Associated Press - Friday, April 3, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - School officials in Cranston have decided to hold classes despite dealing with the absences of more than 250 teachers and aides.

WPRO-AM reports classes were cancelled at Western Hills Middle School, but all other Cranston schools remained open Friday.

Janice Ruggieri, chair of the Cranston School Committee, says working the holiday was part of a negotiated deal that led to raises for teacher assistants, bus aides and behavioral technical assistants.

Teachers filed a lawsuit in 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-AM, https://www.630wpro.com/

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