Florida districts rethink how they handle substitute teachers' costs

Monday, March 17, 2014

With depleted staffs, tighter budgets and higher expenses on the horizon, school districts across Florida are exploring new ways to pay an essential part of their workforce: substitute teachers.

Among the major considerations is the Affordable Care Act, which requires large employers to offer health insurance when employees work a certain number of hours.

Some districts have responded by saying they will limit substitutes' hours and spread the work over a larger pool of subs. But, increasingly, districts are outsourcing their entire substitute operations to staffing agencies.

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