Aquinas teachers skip school in health care dispute with archdiocese

A third of the teachers at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale were “feeling sick” Friday, distressed over the rising cost of their health care benefits and how they are valued by the archdiocese.

The Archdiocese of Miami reported that 44 of the school’s 132 teachers either called in sick or took a personal day.

A parent who contacted the South Florida Sun Sentinel said many students had to sit in the auditorium and were supervised by a skeleton team of substitutes and staff.

The rising health care costs were the “straw that broke the camel’s back,” said a teacher who contacted the Sun Sentinel.