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Costs, teacher absences prevent paid maternity leave at schools

Posted on AllSides May 15th, 2024
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Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders' sweeping education law includes a measure by which school districts can grant up to 12 weeks of paid maternity leave with a state match on costs. 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...

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