Health care law poses tough test for school districts

BY newsdesk  October 23, 2013 at 3:25 PM EDT

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For years, schools across the U.S. have depended on workers like custodians, bus drivers and teachers’ aides. Often these employees have worked for low salaries and without health insurance.

Yet with the roll-out of the Affordable Care Act, a law that mandates that both public and private employers with at least 50 workers provide health insurance to full-time workers, many school districts are facing a stiff financial test, according to an Education Week report:

“[As schools] prepare for the provisions of the sweeping law to take hold, some districts are reducing employees’ hours below the law’s threshold, or considering doing so. Some school officials fear cutting hours will hurt employees by sapping their paychecks, and undermine K-12 services.”