Monday, May 31, 2010

Highest teacher absences in poor NYC districts

Why am I not surprised?

Associated Press - April 28, 2010 6:55 AM ET

NEW YORK (AP) - One-fifth of New York City's public school teachers missed more than two weeks of school last year.

The Wall Street Journal reports that poorest districts were most affected. It said the absences affect student progress, especially in those districts.

Teachers are allowed 10 sick days per year.

Citing Department of Education data, the Journal said the city spent $119 million on substitute teachers last year.

United Federal of Teachers president, Michael Mulgrew, told the Journal that some of the absences include required professional development days and jury duty.

The DOE has noted that chronically late or absent teachers who have gone through an expedited disciplinary progress have dramatically improved their attendance.

Information from: WALL ST. JOURNAL

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