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Cleveland schools rank lowest in statewide attendance
Teachers Union questions how numbers were determined
by WKSU's AMY COOKNICK


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Amy Cooknick
 
Cleveland Schools:

Cleveland schools may have the poorest employee attendance rate in the state.  In a district staff memo sent last week, district CEO Eric Gordon urged employees to improve attendance, citing an average daily rate at 89 percent.

David Quolke is president of the Cleveland Teachers Union. He says the memo raises serious questions about how Gordon determined his number.

Quolke says the data the district provides him appears to show average teacher attendance at 94 percent, which aligns with the national average. He questions who the district considers an “employee” and what qualifies as an absence.

Quolke addresses concerns with the numbers

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Quolke says he’s most concerned with keeping teachers engaged and in preventing attendance from hurting students.

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