Report: Nearly 30 Percent of Public School Teachers Chronically Absent

Stories like this really make me question the future of this country. How can parents stand for this? But they do. No wonder FDR, the closest thing this country has ever had to a fascist in the White House is so venerated in textbooks. Public schools are sick in too many places. The teachers have forgotten who they work for. The students. The parents. The taxpayers.

As my professor said once, teachers lost their status as professionals once they unionized. It certainly seems that way. Sadly.

(From The Washington Free Beacon)

Public school teachers are three times more likely to miss large chunks of school days than their peers at charter schools, which could hurt student learning, according to a new report.

An analysis by Thomas B. Fordham Institute senior research and policy associate David Griffith found that more than 28 percent of public school teachers miss at least 11 workdays a year.

Hawaii led the country in absenteeism with 79 percent of public school teachers taking off at least 10 days. Educators’ truancy rates are far higher than those in other industries. An average teacher will take eight personal or sick days each year compared to the nationwide average of three-and-a-half, according to the report, titled, “Teacher Absenteeism in Charter and Traditional Public Schools.”

“The percentage of teachers in traditional public schools who take more than ten sick and personal days is almost four times higher than the percentage of employees in other industries who take at least ten sick days—despite the fact that teachers have significantly fewer work days than employees in other industries,” the report says.

So 2 weeks at Christmas, another week at Easter, then 3 months in the summer isn’t enough huh? 11 days out 180 or so. So one sick day every 2.5 weeks or so. That’s reasonable. No way this is impacting the learning of children or anything.

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