Teachers Protest for Higher Pay

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Nearly 2,000 Miami-Dade teachers weren’t in school today as protests over lagging contract negotiations continued countywide, especially at district headquarters, where the School Board is holding its monthly meeting this afternoon.

The tally of excused absences was 1,938 in a school system of more than 21,000 teachers, according to district spokesman John Schuster. Most of the teachers took either a personal leave day or sick day, he added.

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Yesterday, when I spoke to my nephew about school he told me his teacher was out sick for health problems. Thank God kids don’t read the newspaper that young. He is turning 11 on Friday the 13th. He said a substitute was there and he hopes his teacher is feeling better. I know several teachers and it is a thankless job. Overcrowded schools, strange grading policies, misdiagnosed students, pressure to perform, fear of violence etc. Heard they are back in school today. Good Luck guys .. hope it works out for all involved .. our kids need you.

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