Teachers Demand Apology over Absence Letters

Mobile County School officials are offering an apology to upset teachers over letters sent out regarding absences.

The letters went out earlier this month, telling teachers to be more aware of how many days off they were taking.

Wednesday night teachers addressed the school board, many of them felt the letter were threatening. Some felt they were being penalized for taking training classes.

Afterward, Superintendent Martha Peek admitted the situation should have been handled better.

“I can certainly understand the concern about the letters that went out about the letters that went out it wasn’t the intent to impact people negatively,” said Peek.

Peek says they still need to address their absences problem. Each year they spend about $6 million on substitute staffing.

“We have about a 30 percent higher absentee rate than educational institutions in the nation,” said Peek.

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