Published: Apr 12, 2010 11:46 AM EDT

MIAMI, Fla.  - Miami-Dade schools are bracing for a potential rash of teacher absences in protest of a proposed law that would make it easier to fire them.

No union is supporting the action, but rumors began circulating that educators were going to call in sick or take vacation to oppose a measure passed by the Legislature. It would strip new educators of tenure and tie their pay to student performance. Miami-Dade has made contingency plans and is encouraging parents to send their children.

Less than 5 percent of Miami's 21,000 teachers had scheduled vacation Monday. However, that doesn't account for the possibility of more calling in sick. The education bill sits before Gov. Charlie Crist after passing the House and Senate. Crist says he's been overwhelmed by voters urging a veto.

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