A study of big-city school districts shows Portland teachers average 14 days out of the classroom a year.
The study by the National Council on Teacher Quality included absences and professional development days in 2012-2013.
The Oregonian reports that (http://bit.ly/1n90Ndf) the latest contract gives Portland Public Schools teachers 10 paid sick days, three paid personal days and two paid days for professional leave a year. Teachers are also given paid days off for bereavement or family illnesses.
The study was of 40 districts that submitted data. Portland teachers had more days out of the classroom than those in all but three other districts, Cleveland, Columbus and Nashville.
Twenty-eight percent of Portland's 2,306 teachers were considered "chronically absent," missing more than 18 days of class.