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Full-time subs no real substitute for teachers, agency rules



The Florida Public Employees Relations Committee has taken a dim view of Marion County's effort to hire full-time substitute teachers in place of permanent employees as a budget fix.

District officials proposed the plan to save money on pay and benefits. They hired some full-time subs last year, leading to the PERC complaint, and placed the item in their current year spending plan. At least one School Board member has fought the plan, and pushed for other spending cuts instead.

The Ocala Star-Banner reports that the PERC found the district's action illegal.

"The School District knew or should have known that re-titling of bargaining unit positions to remove work from the bargaining unit was not a legitimate exercise of its management rights and was unlawful," the ruling states.

It has ordered the district to end its practice. District officials told the Star-Banner they are contemplating next steps.

[Last modified: Wednesday, October 30, 2013 6:06am]


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