Nashville teachers stage sickout after budget proposal

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - More than 1,000 Nashville public school teachers were absent on Friday, but no one seemed to be taking credit for an action the school district called a "'sick out' demonstration designed to bring awareness to teacher pay."

Erick Huth is president of the Metro Nashville Education Association. He said the sickout had nothing to do with the local teacher's union.

"This is a wildcat action as far as we're concerned," he said.

Friday's teacher absences of 1,093 reflected a 21 percent increase over absences on the same day last year, according to a fact sheet from Metro Nashville Public Schools. Of those, 536 were out for personal illness. The district has about 5,000 total teachers.

McGavock High School had the highest concentration of absences, with 125 of 141 teachers out for various reasons.