ENC Schools Cutting Substitute Teacher Hours Due To Affordable Care Act

The new Affordable Care Act rules are taking effect, and now substitute teachers in Eastern Carolina are among those feeling the impact.

In order to avoid paying for the health care of substitute teachers, school districts are limiting the number of hours they can work.

Pitt County Schools notified substitute teachers last week that they would only be allowed to work 12 days a month, or 90 hours a month.

According to the Affordable Care Act, once an employee is full time, they must be covered under the companies health care.

They say this is not a decision they want to make, but legally, they have to.

Brock Letchworth with Pitt County Schools says it would cost the district hundreds of thousands of dollars, or even millions, to provide every substitute with health care.

Letchworth says, "We've got a good number of subs that have come to rely on substituting as their primary source of income and unfortunately, when you cut hours, you know that you're affecting their livelihood and it's not something that we want to do, it's something we're forced to do because of these mandates put on us."

David Perry is one of 600 substitute teachers in Pitt County. He says, "This country is supposed to be about putting people to work and they are taking, literally, taking people out of work."

Several other school districts in Eastern Carolina have also already notified substitute teachers of the reduced hours.