As the state continues to struggle with finances, particularly for education, discussions are taking place as to non-financial benefits for school district staff. One of these has to do with extending leaves of absence beyond the 12 week Federal FMLA leave required by law. Many districts are being asked to look at this issue and before I get into policy updates I’d like to get a feel for what those both in and outside the district think. The time frame that has been asked for is 1 year leave of absence without pay. I will say one of my biggest concerns is how will this affect the children in the classroom, and how will accountability play into this? Let me have your comments and questions.