BREAUX BRIDGE, La. (AP) — Despite the fact that it is facing a serious budget shortfall, the St. Martin Parish School Board has voted to reverse its policy concerning allowing retirees to return to work. The practice is common throughout the state, where senior teachers double dip by retiring for a day so they can begin collecting retirement pay, then return to work the next day for full pay as well. The Advertiser reports the school board had earlier this year voted to end the practice, sending termination letters to the 12 teachers in the system. This week, the board reversed itself saying the terminations are saving the school system little money while stripping it of some its most experienced educators. A retired teacher can now be hired for one year at a time.

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