September 21, 2013 7:28 PM

Modesto district paying absent teachers

Modesto City Schools has spent at least $5 million over the last three school years paying teachers to stay home, and it won’t say why. Over the past three fiscal years, the Modesto board approved 304 paid leaves, averaging nine weeks each, for teachers and administrators. The practice involved 250 individuals, or roughly 15 percent of its employees with teaching certificates.

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