The IRE Resource Center is a major research library containing more than 23,250 investigative stories — both print and broadcast. These stories are searchable online or by contacting the Resource Center directly (573-882-3364 or email@example.com) where a researcher can help you pinpoint what you need. Browse or search the tipsheet section of our library below. Stories are not available for download but can be easily ordered by contacting the Resource Center:
The IRE Resource Center is a major research library containing more than 23,250 investigative stories — both print and broadcast.
These stories are searchable online or by contacting the Resource Center directly (573-882-3364 or firstname.lastname@example.org) where a researcher can help you pinpoint what you need.
Browse or search the tipsheet section of our library below. Stories are not available for download but can be easily ordered by contacting the Resource Center:
Search results for "teacher absenteeism" ...
The Eagle- Tribune, analyzed the attendance of teachers from seventeen districts north of Boston. The investigation revealed that teacher absenteeism increases the costs for the schools and on an average each child pays $104 for substitute teachers. They also found that 43% teachers used sick leave next to long weekends and holidays and teachers in fact accepted that they use sick leaves to pad their vacations.
A Willamette Week investigation reveals that Oregon's worst performing middle school contains levels of radon, a radioactive gas, far in excess of the safe maximum determined by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The school is also notorious for unhealthy levels of carbon dioxide caused by the lack of open windows and the circulation of air through contaminated underground tunnels. District officials have been aware of the problems for more that a decade, the story reports. One of the major findings is that the radon contamination and the poor air quality have "contributed to chronically high student and teacher absenteeism ... and academic achievement far lower than would be predicted by Whitaker's socioeconomic level."
The Columbus Dispatch investigated the "uneven educational opportunities in the Columbus Public Schools." The series revealed that "the Columbus elementary schools again are divided by race and income - and by student achievement, teacher experience and resources." The reporters identified problems with "poor test scores, a high dropout rate, financial and policy mismanagement, aging buildings" as common in the schools with prevailing minority enrollments. Some of the key findings were that "the assignment boundaries for some neighborhood schools closely match those ones singled out by the courts as racially gerrymandered", "spending by building bears little relation to the number of poor children" and "private donations...exacerbate inequities among schools". The newspaper also investigated how teachers' absenteeism and salaries correlate with the inequity issue. The reporters came to the conclusion that "veteran educators generally work at schools in middle-class neighborhoods, while beginning teachers get assigned to the poorest schools."
The Missourian looks at what happens to one school district when teacher absences are on the rise, not to mention the costs for substitute teachers. Infographics and a question-and-answer column with a teacher-absenteeism expert are included.
The Hartford Courant finds that teachers in Connecticut's biggest cities have a higher rate of absenteeism than their suburban counterparts. The computer analysis showed that the findings were consistent with other studies of absenteeism, though the rates at some schools were alarmingly high. JULY 7, 1993.
Chicago Reporter finds that teacher absenteeism is a growing problem for the Chicago public schools, February 1986.