A coalition of groups including Youth United for Change and Education Law Center rallied outside 440 before the SRC meeting.
Teachers at a second school, Taylor Elementary, say they will also participate. The District issued a statement saying: "All students and teachers are expected to be in school throughout the school day."
City Council members and disability rights groups pressed their case against the secretary of education nominee with the senator's staff. A barrage of messages to his offices across the state did not sway him.
NAACP and Movement for Black Lives point to concerns over transparency and management