SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — An analysis by the Santa Fe school district shows one-third of teachers were absent more than 10 days during the last school year due to illness and other personal reasons.
Another third were absent more than five days for professional development, coaching or other school business.
School district officials tell The Santa Fe New Mexican (http://bit.ly/XCSNXk) that the data show major differences among the district’s schools. For instance, the percentage of teachers with more than 10 absences due to personal reasons ranged from 12 percent at Salazar Elementary School to more than 50 percent at Atalaya Elementary School.
The chief accountability and strategy officer for the district, Richard Bowman, says the next step is to find out why there’s such a big gap.
Bowman’s study is in response to questions raised earlier this fall by the superintendent’s transition advisory team about staff absences.