1 in 3 public school teachers in PA are not coming to class

09.22.17 | Terry Diener

There's a new report out on chronic teacher absenteeism.

The Thomas B. Fordham Institute used federal Office of Civil Rights data and found these statistics: Nationally, 28.3% of teachers in traditional public schools are chronically absent, compared with 10.3% in the charter sector.

A similar rate difference holds in Pennsylvania, where 32.1% of traditional public school teachers are considered chronically absent versus 8.2% in charters.

A teacher who is out for more than 10 days in a school year is considered chronically absent.