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With No Paid Parental Leave, Many Teachers Return to Class Before They’re Ready

Teachers spend their days taking care of other people’s children. But what happens when they have babies of their own?

Unlike other developed nations, the United States does not mandate paid parental leave. And the K-12 education sector is no exception, despite being dominated by women in their childbearing years. Just a handful of states, including Washington state and New Jersey, as well as the District of Columbia, provide paid parental leave for teachers. And some individual school districts offer it, too.