Long-term substitutes don’t receive teachers’ benefits

A substitute teacher filling in for a Whiteland Community High School teacher on leave picks up all of that educator’s respon­sibilit­ies but doesn’t receive all of the benefits.

Long-term substitutes are licensed teachers who plan lessons, grade assignments and have conferences with parents. But in many cases they aren’t under contract and don’t receive health insurance, life insurance, sick leave or retirement contributions that full-time teachers are given, Indiana State Teachers Association Uniserv director Judie Edwards said.

Under Indiana law, school districts can decide whether to offer long-term substitutes contracts that include benefits in certain situations, such as if the substitute is filling in for a teacher with a disability or one who is serving in the military.

Edinburgh Community School Corp. offers long-term substitutes benefits only if they are at a school for the entire year, and Nineveh-Hensley-Jackson United School Corp. decides whether to offer benefits on a case-by-case basis.

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