Hundreds of Metro Nashville teachers on Monday called out sick for the second day in a row to protest the size of their promised pay increase.
WKRN reported that at least 906 teachers were absent Monday. A Metro Nashville Public Schools official told the station that reasons included personal and family illness, professional and personal leave and bereavement.
The totals included 86 teachers from McGavock High School, WKRN said.
On Friday, a total of 1,093 teachers and over 400 staff members from at least 18 schools were reported to have called out, The Tennessee Star reported. A total of 125 of McGavock’s 141 teachers stayed home Friday.
The Nashville Scene reported that Friday’s sick out estimate has since been revised down to 960 teachers and 400 staff.
Metro Nashville Mayor David Briley is proposing a 3 percent raise for educators, but that is not setting well with them. Educators, along with the school board, are demanding a 10 percent increase.
Monday’s sick out forced the 9th grade college field trip at Hillsboro High School to be canceled. NewsChannel 5 said.
One Twitter account that has been involved in the sick outs indicated that educators would return to their classrooms today.
On Monday, the “Teachers Are Sick” account tweeted this:
Tomorrow, sick teachers are taking the next step in this movement by returning to classrooms to continue supporting our students and families. We will keep pushing for fully funded public education by communicating with our elected representatives, canvasing the community, and supporting the school board’s recommended budget proposal.
We will continue the fight for fully funded public education in Nashville, which has been our primary cause. We will continue the fight for quality schools and teachers for our students. We will continue the fight for a thriving and equitable community.
— TeachersAreSick (@SickTeachers) May 6, 2019
The Twitter account does not say who runs it.
Education Week reports that teachers across Oregon plan to strike on Wednesday, with at least 24 districts planning to close for part of or all day to handle the absences. Teachers in Sacramento are planning a strike on May 22.
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Jason M. Reynolds has more than 20 years’ experience as a journalist at outlets of all sizes.