What happens when too many teachers cut class?

Apparently, in Central Falls, RI, teachers are calling out sick regularly – not sure whether it is in retaliation for management practices or is just the way things have always been, but as a result, the Providence Journal reported, “more than half of the high school’s 840 students didn’t receive a grade in one or more classes for the first quarter.” And “…453 students did not receive solid instruction in several classes, and therefore no grade could be given.”

Pioneer’s Jim Stergios asks if we ought to start reviewing teacher absences, and their impact, here in our home state. How widespread is the problem, especially in our urban districts, and how prepared are the subs to deliver quality instruction?  


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  • MD:

    I was always amazed at the outrageous cost associated with sub teachers and underwhelmed with the product delivered to students by subs. In fact, we decided at a point that the students were better off in a study hall vs. in a class with a sub teacher.

    And yes, districts should start reviewing teacher absences jus as you would review absences in the private sector. And there needs to be consequences built into contracts in the case of abused levels of absence.