If you're wondering how schools will deal with teachers taking 10 hours of time off as part of Gov. Perdue's latest budget order, you're definitely not alone.
As noted in today's article by Rob Christensen and Mark Johnson, Perdue ordered that all state employees take a pay a cut of one half of 1 percent of their annual salary for the rest of this fiscal year. In return, state employees will be given 10 hours of flexible time off, which they may take between June 1 and Dec. 31.
Right now, neither the state Department of Public Instruction or local school districts know quite how this will play out at the local level. DPI is working on what guidance to give to districts.
The guess is that teachers will try to use the leave on teacher workdays. Most teachers are state employees.
The furlough is especially annoying for teachers because most are 10-month employees whose last paycheck of this fiscal year will come next month. This means they'll absorb the cut all at once while other state employees will feel the pain spread out over two months of paychecks.
We're talking about a cut of between $150 and $250 for many teachers.