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Inequities in School District Overtime Calculations Inspection Report

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Report Description: 
This inspection on school district and charter school overtime is an installment of our review for Fiscal Years 2016 and 2017. We analyzed overtime payments for school districts and charter schools and focused on the top 50 overtime earners for Fiscal Years 2016 and 2017 in order to identify employees whose total hours appeared to be excessive. significant amount of school district overtime payments tested were made to Christina School District paraprofessionals who provide respite care services through the Delaware Autism Program. Respite care providers are trained employees who provide temporary care for autistic children, either in the child’s home or their own residence. What We Found: Top earning paraprofessionals in our study earned approximately $35 per hour for respite care services, while paraprofessionals outside the Christina School District were paid approximately $15 to provide the same services. According to officials in the Christina School, a legal opinion was obtained from outside counsel to support the position that only paraprofessionals within their district are eligible for overtime at a higher rate. We consulted with the United States Department of Labor who disagreed.
Date Issued: 
Monday, March 11, 2019
Agency Reviewed / Investigated: 
United States
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