Ed Board: Teachers Not Abusing Sick Leave

Nathan Eagle/Honolulu Civil Beat

Turns out teacher absenteeism in Hawaii isn’t as bad as it’s made out to be.

That was the conclusion Hawaii Board of Education Human Resource Committee members came to after perusing data presented to them at a meeting Tuesday.

BOE members in February demanded that the department explain why teachers take so many sick days during the school year. They were referencing an article published in a local newspaper earlier this year, which reported that Hawaii teachers last school year were absent from the classroom 17 days on average.

The board was also disturbed by turnover statistics, but data presented Tuesday indicated that many teachers leave their jobs for reasons beyond the department's control.

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