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    I think it's insane that this even made news. They aren't telling her she can't go, just that she won't be paid. AND people have offered to pay her for the time off and started trying to collect donations. I understand the personal sacrifice their family made, but he's coming back to his regular duty station which means that he's fine and doesn't need his mom to pick him and his dad up from the airport. I honestly can't believe they keep saying that the school gave another employee extra days when their house burned down like it's the same thing. She's part of a union, she has to abide by the contract they made.

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    I agree. If she really wants to go she could take unpaid leave, they already paid the vacation time for her to go see him once. My son just got home and if I was in the same situation I wouldn't expect my company to give me extra paid vacation days if I had already used them up.
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    Wow! That smacks of entitlement. You've used all your time, the rest is unpaid. FMLA covers her situation (based on the limited details) but that is also unpaid. Not sure if she could really get stress leave or not, but if her sick days are used up, I don't think that is paid either.

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    What really gets me is she's trying to make it sound like she did them a favor. Instead of taking months off with a disability claim for emotional distress (having a hard time processing that it's a possibility in this situation), she'd rather just ask for more paid time off. The comments are insane. What really bothers me is that her son's picture has been plastered everywhere in his uniform. That wouldn't be OK with me and I"m wondering how he feels about it. He's already going through a lot right now, the *last* thing I would want in that situation would be the media.

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    Agreed. She sounds entitled and I'm not very sympathetic to her cause......she can take unpaid time off like everyone else.

    It ASTOUNDS me that teachers even get NINE days of personal leave each year. I think that is ridiculous. On top of the many many many days they get off anyways? Silly! Take your personal time over your 2 1/2 week winter break, your week long spring break, your 5 day Thanksgiving holiday or over the summer. I used to be a teacher, but I think they many of them have an unrealistic view of what "normal" people work. Nevermind the umpteen random holidays they get off.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by boilermaker View Post
    It ASTOUNDS me that teachers even get NINE days of personal leave each year. I think that is ridiculous. On top of the many many many days they get off anyways? Silly! Take your personal time over your 2 1/2 week winter break, your week long spring break, your 5 day Thanksgiving holiday or over the summer. I used to be a teacher, but I think they many of them have an unrealistic view of what "normal" people work. Nevermind the umpteen random holidays they get off.....
    While I agree the time should not be paid time off once she has used her time off, teachers or other school staff can not always plan their time off during scheduled school breaks. Should they never be able to take a day off to go to a wedding or funeral unless it is during the summer?

    DH is an interpreter in the school system. He is salary, but his pay is based on how many days he works. Any time they do not work due to snow or anything when the school closes down they have to make up that day at the end of the year. GA has furlowed 5 days each of the last two years to make up budget cuts. He is not payed for those days. If DH worked his same job, but not in a school system so he worked year round he would make about $15,000 more per year.

    Also, many jobs get just as much sick/vacation time as teachers just spread out over the course of the year. My mother is a nurse and she gets just as much time off as my DH per year. The only difference is that she can take the time off whenever she wants as long as she puts in for it far enough in advance and no one with more seniority asked for it off first.

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    This also does not take into account that many teachers spend countless hours grading papers, doing lesson plans, going to football /basketball games, chaperoning prom and other such things all on time outside of their normal job hours.

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    Quote Originally Posted by boilermaker View Post
    Agreed. She sounds entitled and I'm not very sympathetic to her cause......she can take unpaid time off like everyone else.

    It ASTOUNDS me that teachers even get NINE days of personal leave each year. I think that is ridiculous. On top of the many many many days they get off anyways? Silly! Take your personal time over your 2 1/2 week winter break, your week long spring break, your 5 day Thanksgiving holiday or over the summer. I used to be a teacher, but I think they many of them have an unrealistic view of what "normal" people work. Nevermind the umpteen random holidays they get off.....
    Should those who work M-F be told to take their personal time over the weekend since they have that time off anyway? Should she tell her stepson that he needs to postpone his return until spring break?

    There is no difference between our sick days and our PN days. I've taken days off to take my kids to the doctor, dentist, and because I was sick. I've also taken days off to see my children get awards, promote from 6th grade and 8th grade.

    Like I said though, she's out of time, it should be unpaid like the rest of us.

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    I'm not saying that teachers don't need some sick days or a few personal days each year. But NINE? Really? That is a day each month that they are teaching. Most employees are lucky to get 10 days/year.

    Here's a good article IMO:

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000...353046120.html

    Bonita-- I find it hard to believe that a full time nursing employee gets as much time off as a teacher/school employee. Most schools are required to offer instruction for 180 days. I'll give you that teachers/administrators work some days beyond instruction-- but by my math 180 days is about 36 five day weeks-- leaving another 16 not working. I don't know any job that offers nearly 4 months of vacation to most employees.....that's be like getting 80 vacation days/year. Or maybe only 70 vacation days/year with 10 "holidays". I have very very generous leave where we earn 2 days/month-- and that is far outside of the "norm". Is my math off?
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