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Almost 1 in 4 Illinois Teachers Miss 10-plus Days of School Year

Illinois for years has tracked how often students skip school, but data made public last week show how often their teachers miss school — and the numbers are revealing. Across the state, 23.5 percent of public school teachers are absent more than 10 days in the school year. That’s almost 1 in 4 teachers statewide who aren’t in the classroom. Teacher attendance is considered critical because it provides continuity in the classroom, both for instruction and providing attention to students.