Teachers Call In Sick for 2nd Time in 2 Weeks

For the second time in less than two weeks, large numbers of teachers at a Compton school have called in sick.

Twenty of the 34 teachers at Ralph J. Bunche Middle School notified the district early Monday that they would not be in. On March 2, about half the teachers at Dominguez High School called in sick.

Both schools are part of the Compton Unified School District, where teachers have been working without a contract since last year. Teachers have complained bitterly that they are the lowest paid in the county; the district counters that it does not have the funds to meet the teachers' salary demands.

"This is clearly not a coincidence and it's very destructive," said Acting Superintendent Elisa L. Sanchez.

No teachers could be reached for comment. Wiley Jones, executive director of the Compton Education Assn., said the union did not know the teachers were absent until contacted by The Times.

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