Percentage of teachers taking leave on rise

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Jun 4, 2012 at 7:12 am

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - In recent years, more and more teachers in Minnesota have taken medical leaves.
While there are many factors for this, some educators in the St. Paul district tell the Pioneer Press ( leaves are seen by some as a way to deal with mounting stress placed on teachers.
A survey of 85 school districts in 2008 by the Minnesota School Boards Association found a 27 percent increase in days that educators spent on various types of leave, when compared with two years earlier.
The association also says more districts are reporting a spike in mental-health-related leaves, due to growing class sizes and increasing expectations.
Tim Caskey, human-resources director in the St. Paul district, says he doesn't know why leaves have increased there in recent years.


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