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Teacher battling cancer forced to pay for her own substitute


SAN FRANCISCO (WFLA/CNN) – A popular San Francisco second grade teacher at Park Elementary battling breast cancer is being forced to pay for her own substitute while on medical leave all because of a California law. 

It falls under a 1976 provision in which teachers don’t pay into the state’s disability insurance program, so they don’t get those benefits. Right now, California teachers get 10 sick days per year. They can take additional medical leave for 100 days during that entire time, however, the cost of a substitute teacher is taken out of the teacher’s paycheck roughly about $200 per day. 

If a teacher needs more time off after that, they can take up to 85 more days from a “Catastrophic Sick Leave Bank” that are donated by other teachers, according to KGO

The president of the California Teachers Association, Eric Heins, told KGO it’s kind of a “slap in the face” and they’d “love to change it” but are working under a system that’s been “financially on starvation.”  

“It makes me worry if that were to happen to me, I have to plan accordingly and that’s not fair you know,” a Park Elementary Teacher said.

According to KGO, a GoFundMe page has recently started accepting donations for her again. It was started to help pay for the substitute teachers her paychecks were funding. 

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