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Correction: Teacher Absences story

June 7, 2018

MILFORD, N.H. (AP) — In a story June 6 about an increase in teacher absences in Milford, The Associated Press reported erroneously on the increase itself. The total of 4,462 is an increase of 400 absences from last year, not up from 400 absences last year. The absences cover just teachers and paraprofessionals, not all staff positions.

A corrected version of the story is below:

School district investigating jump in teacher absences

School officials in a New Hampshire town say they will investigate why teacher absences have increased over the last year.

MILFORD, N.H. (AP) — School officials in a new Hampshire town say they will investigate why teacher absences have increased over last year.

There have been more than 4,462 absences so far this year — an increase of 400 absences from last year. The Nashua Telegraph reports the Milford School Board started investigating absenteeism after the district raised the pay for substitute teachers, finding that an extra $10 a day wasn’t filling enough classes.

The absences encompass staff positions that would be filled by substitute teachers. Board members assured union representatives at a May 21 meeting that they are not looking at individual staff members, only numbers.

The absences include sick leave, as well as personal days, unpaid family leave, workshop days, bereavement leave and jury duty.

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