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Education commissioner sees teacher absenteeism as concern

August 21, 2019

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island state Education Commissioner Angélica Infante-Green has vowed to address attendance in Providence schools as the state prepares to take control of the district.

The Boston Globe reports the commissioner is responding to critical findings in an independent report by the Johns Hopkins Institute for Education Policy released in June.

The city’s struggle with student absenteeism has been well-documented, but the review also highlighted the number of school days teachers had missed.

The Globe’s analysis found 500 city teachers were marked absent at least 18 times during the 2018-2019 school year, equating to missing nearly 10% of the school year.

In addition to the issue with absenteeism, the report found severe dysfunction, including crumbling facilities and no clear lines of authority.

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