CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A West Virginia bill that would have changed how teachers accrue sick days has died in a Senate committee.
At the beginning of each school year, teachers are allocated 15 sick days for the year.
The bill would not have changed the number of days, but instead would have granted sick days every month rather than giving the full allotment up front.
Kanawha County schools Superintendent Ron Duerring pushed for the change saying that giving sick days up front encourages absenteeism. Kanawha County spends $4.6 million each year on substitute teachers.
Groups representing West Virginia teachers said the bill was another measure that would discourage people from becoming teachers.
The teachers' groups said that teacher absenteeism statistics are misleading because they include long-term substitutes and teachers on leaves of absences.