Monday, February 05, 2007

When Teachers Catch The Chalkboard Flu

Embroiled in a long-running dispute over salaries and working conditions, half of the teachers in Lansing, Michigan, called in sick today:
The debate over Lansing teacher contracts looks like it's far from over. 521 teachers that have already called in sick, that according to a spokesperson for the Lansing school district who spoke with 6 News.

That's approximately half of all Lansing teachers and staff. Classes are not scheduled in Lansing, but teachers are still supposed to report for work. If they don't, the district says they face losing one days' pay or even possible termination. The district believes two more days have been planned for a teachers sickout- Feb. 9th and Feb. 14th, which is student count day.
Earlier, the district informed its employees that any coordinated action could result in termination or other discipline.
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