Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Does Pa. Really Want Teachers to Come to Work When Sick?

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Does Pa. Really Want Teachers to Come to Work When Sick?

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Regarding state Senate Bill 229: I am puzzled what benefit the Senate Education Committee believes that the children of Pennsylvania will reap when their teachers no longer have any sick leave. You see, most teachers don't make as much money as our state legislators do, nor do they have a per diem. So, if the choice is to stay home and not have enough money to cover bills or go to work and perhaps infect students, some will feel they have no choice but to go to work. Certainly nobody performs at their best when they are sick, and why would you want a teacher with the flu working with your child?

With fewer and fewer people going into teaching in the United States, you would think the Pennsylvania Senate would want to make it more attractive to go into teaching, not less. Do we really aspire to be the next Kansas? …

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