I’d like to offer a few quick follow-up points on my last post about absenteeism in the profession.
The day after I posted the blog entry I was approached by several colleagues who inquired about the identity of “Ms. X”. I declined to identify who X was (for obvious professional reasons), but noted to myself that nearly half a dozen names were tossed my way as possible candidates. That’s telling.
There were also a couple of comments on that post: one came from a co-worker at my old school and one from one of the most thoughtful teachers I know, James Boutin. He said:
“I'd like more information about it. What states, districts, or schools does it happen most often in? Or do we see it pretty consistent across districts? Why are those chronic offenders chronic offenders?”
I don’t have all the data he wished for, but I was able, with some help, to locate some data on Puget Sound District’s Educator Equity Profile.