INDIANAPOLIS - Indy teachers are breaking the curve when it comes to national numbers on showing up for work.
A new study shows a disproportionate number of teachers aren’t showing up for their jobs.
The National Council on Teacher Quality looks at 40 large school districts across the country for the study.
While overall, numbers are down on teachers showing up, Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) ranks highest among the 40 school districts when it comes to attendance.
On average, IPS teachers take 6.1 days off per year. The national average is 11 sick or personal days.
In Cleveland, whose public schools ranked the lowest, teachers take an average of 15.6 days off -- nearly 10 more per year than the average Indianapolis teacher.
On top of that, this teacher roll-call study is finding IPS had the highest number of teachers who are rarely ever out of the classroom.
More than 36 percent of IPS teachers take 3 or fewer sick days a year. That number starkly contrasts with Columbus, Ohio, or San Antonio, where it’s just 3 to 4 percent of teachers with that same attendance rate.
High attendance rates for teachers are obviously beneficial for many reasons - one of the less obvious being that it saves districts money on substitute teachers.
It also means children have a consistent educator they can rely on, which separate studies have found can contribute to a child’s overall success in school.
Other city school districts that had the lowest number of teacher absences include: District of Columbia, with an average of 7.3 days per year; Louisville, Ky., with 8.1 days per year; Milwaukee, 8.3 days; and Tampa, Fla., 8.6 days.
Mass Ave redevelopment project faces vote
A controversial redevelopment project on Mass Ave is headed for a big vote this week, but the outcome remains uncertain, RTV6 reporter Kara…
Former homeless man turns life around
He said he wouldn't be alive if he didn't get help, but today a former homeless man has turned his life around thanks to the United Way of…
United Way brings children, volunteers together
Making a difference in the lives of children is sometimes as simple as helping them learn to read.
Police scale back search for missing infant
Indianapolis police said Monday they were asking for the public's help to generate leads in the search for a missing child.
How many inmates die in Indiana county jails?
The death of a Johnson County inmate is not the first time someone has died while in a county jail in 2014.
Backups expected on I-65 in southern Indiana
Indiana Department of Transportation officials are warning drivers to be prepared for delays on Interstate 65 in southern Indiana as work…