Nearly 70% of New Orleans Public School Teachers Are Frequently Absent, Study Says

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78819909NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) – Apparently more than half of teachers in New Orleans and eight other cities have attendance problems, according to study published this month.

The study by The National Council on Teacher Quality says 68.5 percent of teachers in the Orleans Parish School District were frequently absent in the 2012-2013 school year, missing on average 12 days out of the school year.

A little more than half of the teachers, 52.5 percent, called out 11-17 days.

Columbus, Ohio was the only other city to have a worst teacher attendance rate, with 68.6 percent of teachers frequently absent.

The research policy group asked school district for attendance data from 50 of the country’s largest metropolitan areas. Eleven school districts did not comply they are Birmingham, Ala.; Boston; Chicago; Clark County (Las Vegas); Detroit; Memphis; Miami, Richmond, Va.; Riverside, Calif.; Virginia Beach, Va.; and Wake County (Raleigh), N.C.

Other cities making the frequently absent list are:

  • Columbus, Ohio 68.6%
  • New Orleans, La. 68.5%
  • Nashville, Tenn. 67.4%
  • Jacksonville, Fla. 67.1%
  • Cleveland, Ohio 67%
  • San Antonio, Texas 63.2%
  • Portland, Ore. 61.9%
  • Buffalo, N.Y. 59.4%
  • Sacramento, Calif. 51.1%