News
News Home
Quick Bites
Exploradio
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
NPR
nowplaying
On AirNewsClassical
Loading...
  
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

Hospice of the Western Reserve

Hennes Paynter Communications

NOCHE


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )


Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Education


Cleveland and Columbus among the highest in teacher absentee rates
Altogether, the absence's cost the districts a lot of money
Story by AMY HANSEN


 
National Council of Teacher Quality emphasizes the importance of teacher attendance.
Courtesy of ntcq.org
Download (WKSU Only)
In The Region:

Teachers show up for class 94 percent of the time, according to a new survey of the country's biggest school districts.

The National Council on Teacher Quality also reports attendance is far less in some districts, including the two biggest ones in Ohio. StateImpact reporter Amy Hansen has the story.

LISTEN: high absentee rates

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (1:00)


Cleveland’s teachers missed more classes than any of the other 40 big-city districts surveyed; more than Washington, D.C. and New York and other big city school systems. Cleveland teachers were absent three weeks per year, or 15.60 days, on average.

Columbus had the second highest number of teacher absences with an average of 14.82 days.

Some of those absences could have been for teacher-training sessions. The survey counted those as well as absences for illness and personal reasons.

In the view of the teacher quality advocacy group, an absence is an absence.

“Regardless of the reason, we need both districts and teachers to do everything they can to minimize the time a teacher’s away from their class,” said National Council on Teacher Quality’s Nancy Waymack, one of the report’s authors.

Aside from the loss of learning students may suffer when their classroom teacher is out, there’s another loss: money.

Collectively, the 40 districts spent more than $420 million to pay for substitute teachers last year.

Add Your Comment
Name:

Location:

E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Comments:




 
Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook



Stories with Recent Comments

Seven minutes changed everything, but what changed Ashford Thompson?
He shot the guy four times in the head. I have never been that drunk or mad, and I have been through it. Shoot a guy once is bad, maybe a mistake, shoot a guy f...

First cricket farm in the U.S. opens in Youngstown
I am interested in cricket flour to replace soy flour in a low carbohydrate diet. As soon as you have cricket flour available for the average person, please le...

New process starts digesting sludge in Wooster
Awesome! When do our sewage rates decrease accordingly?

Akron's Chapel Hill Mall in foreclosure
Not a surprise. Between the shoplifting, gangs and violence that goes on up there it is no wonder that no one feels safe to shop at Chapel Hill. They have sca...

Ohio launches investigation into at least one Concept charter school
I worked at Noble Academy Cleveland as admin assistant and enrolment coordinator for 6 years, I know this is so valid and true and can provide staff names and p...

Crisis looms in filling aviation industry jobs in Ohio and the nation
I listened to this story yesterday morning on the radio and just want to add this comment. My son went to school to train as an air traffic controller, and gra...

Cuyahoga Valley National Park considers fire to fight invasives
I'm for the controlled burn. There are not enough people (myself included) who volunteer for the removal of invasive plant species. Therefore, another solution ...

Remembering Cleveland music impresario Hank LoConti
The picture here is not the original Agora. It is the old WHK studios where the Agora moved into.

Copyright © 2014 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

 
In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University