1 in 4 U.S. teachers are chronically absent, missing more than 10 days of school

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I can say that my family has been fortunate. I have three children and all of them have consistently had excellent teachers. It is even my understanding that some of these teachers read (and seem to like) this website. I personally don’t have much of a beef with the public schools or the teachers where I live.

Saying that we also live where there aren’t any teachers unions and where many parents can afford to be actively engaged in the school. These 2 factors stand in contrast to many schools.

And saying that however, sorry teachers, most of you make a relatively good living. The “poor teacher” thing is mostly a myth perpetuated by the unions. In some places public school teachers can make over $100k/year (Chicago, California). You have job security. You only have to work 8-9 months out of the year. Maternity is usually very generous. Most of you have access to a pension, something that went away long ago in the private sector.

When school is in session you should show up to work. Is winter break, spring break, and all summer not enough time off?

(From The Washington Post)

More than 1 in 4 of the nation’s full-time teachers are considered chronically absent from school, according to federal data, missing the equivalent of more than two weeks of classes each academic year in what some districts say has become an educational crisis.

The U.S. Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights estimated this summer that 27 percent of the nation’s teachers are out of school for more than 10 days of regular classes — some missing far more than 10 days — based on self-reported numbers from the nation’s school districts. But some school systems, especially those in poor, rural areas and in some major cities, saw chronic absenteeism among teachers rise above 75 percent in 2014, the last year for which data is available.

In the Alamance-Burlington School District, located between Greensboro and Chapel Hill, N.C., 80 percent of its 1,500 teachers missed more than 10 days of school in the 2013-2014 school year. Cleveland reported that about 84 percent of its 2,700 teachers had excessive absences. Nevada’s Clark County School District, which includes Las Vegas, reported that more than half of its 17,000 teachers were chronically absent — missing a total of at least 85,000 work days, or the equivalent number of hours that nearly 500 teachers would work during an entire 180-day school year.

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