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NYC teachers to get 6 weeks of paid parental leave

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City will provide six weeks of parental leave at full salary for all of its public school teachers.

The agreement was announced Wednesday by Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio, union and school officials.

The contract covers about 120,000 workers. They include 79,000 teachers, plus United Federation of Teachers-represented school nurses, therapists, guidance counselors, secretaries and others.

The benefit will take effect on Sept. 4.

Birth parents and non-birth parents will get the paid leave for the birth of a child. It also will apply to the adoption or fostering of a child under the age of 6.

The city estimates that more than 4,000 new parents a year will use the benefit.

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