I don’t know why WRAL found now the appropriate time to do a story on a dead bill given that the General Assembly isn’t back in session for another two months, but it would at least be nice if they didn’t just give the teacher’s unions’ talking points as "news".
Yes, teachers are asked to pay $50 when they take a personal day to offset a portion of the cost to hire a substitute teacher, but they still get paid for the day, which at most teachers’ daily rates is in excess of $100.
So they are still getting paid about $50 to take a day off! It’s not like they are losing money off the deal.
This is also on top of the 22-30 days of paid sick leave/vacation leave they accumulate per year depending on years of experience.
Teachers accumulate so much leave that a teacher that takes no leave will have built up enough vacation or sick leave in their career to retire four years early. Four years! That’s over 720 days of vacation accumulated. Seems like plenty to me.