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5 Best Practices in School Budgeting
With a new school year underway, school districts around the country are settling in for a promising new year. But in many districts, staffing shortages are interrupting the flow of business-as-usual. In fact, the lack of sufficient substitute teachers is the “number one concern” this year in at least one Pennsylvania school district. The need
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How to Cover Teacher Maternity Leave in California
Though employers have some discretion regarding how maternity leave is provided, it is a right afforded under federal law via the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Several states, including New York, New Jersey, and California have policies that further define how maternity leave is provided. For teachers, when this need for extended leave occurs
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How to Hire Good Substitute Teachers
Having a pool of available, effective substitute teachers is essential for the efficient operation of any school district. Teachers depend on enthusiastic and caring replacements, while administrators expect qualified classroom managers to maintain order during teacher absences. But knowing where to look and how to hire good substitutes can mean the difference between access to
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How Your District’s Teacher Absence Policy is Costing You Money
Employers typically provide their employees with a number of paid absences each year. It is a proactive approach that can enhance productivity. For school districts, this includes their teacher absence policy, the paid sick and/or personal days provided for in the annual contract. Your teacher absence policy affects daily operations, but it also affects your
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7 Non-Negotiable Requirements When Working With A Substitute Teacher Service
Working with a substitute teacher service should add value to your absence management plan. Though individual school districts have varying requests and needs, there are some requirements you should be able to count on when you engage a staffing service. These important aspects will increase the benefits you receive from your partnership exponentially; they are
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Should You Issue A School District Teaching Permit To an Uncertified Substitute Teacher?
Substitute teachers are typically credentialed at the state level by meeting the requirements set for highly qualified candidates. This serves to ensure that substitutes possess the necessary qualifications. But some substitute teachers must wait to be certified by the local school district or county intermediate school system. Should you issue a school district teaching permit
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Should You Contact a Special Education Staffing Agency for Your Substitute Teachers?
Special education is a critical shortage area for teachers in school districts throughout the country. Since special education students are among the most vulnerable, they have a variety of special needs. And though there is great demand for substitutes in general, special education substitutes are especially hard to find. For this reason, some school districts
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Work 5+ Days in September for a Chance to Win These Awesome Prizes!
Attention ESS employees: If you work 5+ days in September, you’ll automatically earn an entry into our monthly drawing. The more days you work, the more chances you gain to win one of these awesome prizes! 
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Congratulations to Our August 2019 Raffle Winners!
Each month, we give away more than $1,000 worth of exciting prizes to some lucky employees who meet or exceed certain work frequency and performance qualifications. We want to reward our most dedicated people with an opportunity to win something big! We’re pleased to announce the winners of last month’s raffle:
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Substitute Teacher vs. Teacher Assistant: What’s the Difference?
What happens when a classroom teacher is absent? Who is authorized to fill that absence? Of course, the goal is always to have a properly credentialed, adequately prepared individual ready to step in to manage the class and deliver instruction. So when considering substitute teacher vs. teacher assistant—what is the difference, and who is most
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