Friday, 15 March 2013

The Case for Teacher Absences - Walt Gardner's Reality Check - Education Week

The Case for Teacher Absences - Walt Gardner's Reality Check - Education Week:

 "As the school year winds down, chances are teacher absences will creep up. Although the rate will differ from district to district, the Education Department reports that 5.3 percent of teachers nationwide are absent on any given day. The cost of hiring substitute teachers is $4 billion annually, which is about 1 percent of total K-12 spending. But that doesn't take into account the effect on learning. Busywork left behind for substitute teachers shortchanges students at a time when every day is precious."


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