Kentucky teachers call in sick, protest
Dateline: Frankfort - 7 March 2019
Date: 03/07/2019 07:33 PM
Frankfort, Kentucky - 7 March 2019
1. Various of teachers protesting at the Kentucky state Capitol
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At least four Kentucky school districts were forced to close Thursday as hundreds of teachers called in sick to protest proposed legislation at the state Capitol.
It was the third time in the past week districts were forced to cancel classes because of too many teacher absences.
And it was the second closure in a row for Jefferson County Public Schools, the state's largest district and one of the biggest in the country with nearly 100,000 students.
Thursday's action comes one year after teacher uprisings in at least five states, part of a movement advocating for better pay, more education funding and protections for traditional pension benefits.
In Kentucky, teachers don't strike but they coordinate to all use their sick days on the same day, forcing districts to close because they don't have enough substitutes to cover classes.