Teachers absent at East Central High

ST. LEON, IN (FOX19) - Several teachers were absent at East Central High School on Friday.

About 40 teachers called in sick as a protest over their contracts. FOX19 Southeast Indiana reporter Brad Underwood has learned that the teachers have been in contract negotiation for over two years.

Several students at East Central who don't have teachers spent the day sitting in the gym. However, their parents were allowed to come pick up their children early because there are no classes.

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