To set it up I'll refer you to a great Tennessean piece by Claudette Riley highlighting teacher absenteeism. NewsChannel 5 also covered this here and here. You may remember that Director of Schools Dr. Pedro Garcia was also concerned enough about this issue to mention it in his State of the Schools speech in February.
So here's a snip from the Tennessean article from April 29:
McGavock High teacher Erick Huth has been excused from 42½ days of work this school year to conduct business on behalf of the local teachers' union.
And here's the clarifying comment from the City Paper this morning indicating they tried to be fair in their coverage:
Eric Huth, MNEA’s chief negotiator, could not be reached for comment.
I believe Mr. Huth needs to decide who he works for. He needs to choose either the MNEA or the children of MNPS. But it's enough of having both feet firmly planted in two camps.