Metro teachers stage another ‘sick out’ protest Monday

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Teachers across the Metro Nashville school system are out in large numbers again on Monday.  

906 teachers are off today. That includes 86 teachers at McGavock High school. 

According to a spokesperson for the school district, the reasons are varied, including personal and family illness, professional and personal leave and bereavement. 

It appears that teachers were planning another “sick out” protest for Monday, according to a Twitter page set up by the movement. 

The movement says they are asking for the Metro Government to fully fund MNPS, a 10% pay raise for teachers, step increase, and support staff raises. 

MORE: Nearly 1,500 Metro Schools employees call out in protest over pay

A spokesperson for the district told News 2 Monday, “as of earlier this morning, 999 teachers are out. These numbers represent a variety of reasons, including personal illness, family illness, professional leave, personal leave and bereavement. This number may change.”

Friday’s “sick-out ” included 1,093 teachers and over 400 staff members for a total of 1,431 at least 18 schools. This represents a 21% increase in teacher absences over this date last year, according to a statement from Metro Nashville Public Schools. 

The teacher “sick-out” protests started just days after Mayor David Briley revealed his budget for Metro Schools at his State of Metro address, where he proposed $28 million for Metro Schools, a far cry from the more than $76 million the school board had asked for. 

Briley proposed a 3% salary increase while teachers have asked for 10%. 

Stick with News 2 Monday as we provide continuing coverage of the protests. 

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