Leading By Example: So Much For Good Attendance Policy?

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A Fordham Institute study found that 28 percent of teachers in traditional public schools use sick days and personal leave to miss two weeks of school every year.

The Fordham Institute analysis found that on average, teachers miss about eight school days a year due to sick and personal leave (this excludes school vacations and holidays). The average U.S. worker takes about three-and-a-half sick days a year.

According to New York City public schools, students with a 90 percent attendance rate have missed one month of school by the end of the year. Students below 90 percent are "more likely to have lower test scores and not graduate from high school."

Two weeks of absences amounts to 10 school days. Is that a fair amount of time for teachers to take off during the school year?

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