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BISD approves 12 weeks paid parental leave

The Brownsville Independent School District has adopted a policy granting full-time employees who become parents paid parental leave to both partners for the first 12 weeks of their new child’s life.

The BISD Board of Trustees adopted the policy on a unanimous vote at its meeting Tuesday. Policy committee chairwoman Daniella Lopez Valdez brought the initiative forward.

“I know that it is a huge incentive. Usually when I look at resignations or things coming in from the district, a lot of it is child care. …As policy committee chair I’ve always tried to think of innovative ways to bring young, passionate teachers into the field who want to stay in the field because in reality we need to grow our own,” she said in an interview Wednesday.

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