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Costs, teacher absences prevent Arkansas schools from using paid maternity leave option

Posted on AllSides May 15th, 2024
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The big picture: Most Arkansas school districts haven't taken up the option, and none in Northwest Arkansas had implemented paid maternity leave through LEARNS as of April 1, according to data from the state's education department. Why it matters: Arkansas teachers are not guaranteed paid maternity or paternity leave. New parents generally use accrued paid time off (PTO), including sick time that rolls over each year. A teacher who's worked three years at Rogers and never used a sick day, for example, could have 30 school days to use, superintendent...

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