A report just out at the Heartland Institute is raising a powerful new argument for charter schools, which are run by boards of parents rather than the traditional superintendent-principal-teacher triumvirate.
Tim Benson cites a report from the Thomas B. Fordham Institute that “finds one out of every four teachers (28.3 percent) at traditional public schools across the United Sates are ‘chronically absent.’”
That means, he said, they are out of the classroom while sick or on “personal leave” at least 10 days for each 180-day school year.
Hawaiian schools have the worst problem, with a “staggering 79 percent” of teachers are chronically absent, he said.
In Florida, it’s 40 percent and in Nevada 50 percent.
“For comparison,” Benson explained, “the study finds just 10.3 percent of charter school teachers