Almost 30 percent of public school teachers are chronically absent, according to a new study.
The report from the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, an education policy think tank, found over 28 percent of public school educators miss 11 or more school days each year.
The report also found that public school teachers are three times more likely than their charter school counterparts to take more than 10 days a year off school for personal or health-related reasons.
The study also found:
The average teacher takes eight days off per year — more than twice as much as the 3.5 days missed by the average employee across industries nationwide. Teachers in union charter schools were twice as likely as their peers to miss more than 10 days of school.
“When in doubt, the simplest explanation is usually the correct one,” David Griffith, the author of the study, told The Daily Caller.