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Florida lawmakers approve bill to let school employees share sick leave



Three years ago, Bayonet Point Middle School teacher Connie Duffy was ailing and out of sick leave.

“There are a lot of people who would have shared their time with Connie, if it were allowed,” principal Mike Asbell recalled. “But it wasn’t legal.”

Florida lawmakers took a big step toward changing that picture on Wednesday.

The state Senate unanimously approved a bill that would permit school districts to allow employees to share their unused sick days with any district employee who they choose. The state House unanimously supported the identical measure earlier in February.

“I think that’s wonderful,” said Nadine Rife, who worked with Duffy and had wanted to donate some of her accrued sick time to her friend, who has since passed away. “Connie went through so much. There were a whole bunch of us willing to give her our sick days. It was just a shame that we couldn’t.”

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[Last modified: Wednesday, February 29, 2012 4:30pm]


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