An article in the USA Today discusses the affect of teacher absenteeism and its affects on students. The piece also brings to light research performed by the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights showing that nearly half of teachers miss more than 10 days in a typical 180-day school year.
"New research suggests that teacher absenteeism is becoming problematic in U.S. public schools, as about one in three teachers miss more than 10 days of school each year. The nation's improving economic picture may also worsen absenteeism as teachers' fears ease that they'll lose their job over taking too many sick days, researchers say." - USA TodayThe states with the highest teacher absenteeism were Rhode Island, Hawaii, Arkansas, New Mexico, and Michigan. Raegen Miller, who studied the federal survey data for the Washington-based Center for American Progress, noted that providing substitutes for all of those absent teachers costs schools at least $4 billion a year — about 1% of schools' budgets