$20M in paid COVID-19 leave for Arkansas teachers proposed

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Fort Smith, Arkansas September 24, 2019 - The U.S. Marshals Museum in Fort smith Arkansas choose the 130th Anniversary of the U.S. Marshals to dedicate it’s brand new Hall of Honor and the museum building itself. This is the first part of the museum to be finished so far, the museum is still under construction and hopes to open to the public by the end of next year. Speakers at todays dedication included Doug Babb, Sam T. Sicard, Robert A. Young III, Ltd. Governor Tim Griffin, Governor Asa Hutchinson and U.S. Marshals Director Donald Washington. Photo by: Shane T. McCoy / US Marshals

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas is proposing setting aside $20 million in paid leave for teachers who have to miss work because of the coronavirus. Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Friday detailed the plan to use federal coronavirus relief funds to provide up to two weeks of paid leave for teachers and staff who quarantine because of COVID-19. The proposal goes before a state panel next week. Hutchinson detailed the proposal as Arkansas reported its third-biggest increase in virus cases since the pandemic began. The Health Department reported 1,011 new confirmed cases of the virus and six additional deaths.

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