A new study says Cleveland teachers, on average, take more days off than teachers in 40 other cities.

However, the Cleveland Metropolitan School District says teacher absences have been decreasing in the past couple of years.

The study was conducted by the National Council on Teacher Quality which found two-thirds of Cleveland teachers missed more than ten days during the 2012-2013 school year. The average number of absences in Cleveland was 15.6 days, more than twice as many days as teachers in Indianapolis.

“Clearly, we need our teachers in classrooms,” Lora Cover, the district’s chief talent officer, said. “If our teachers are in classrooms we’ll be much better at affecting student growth in those classrooms.”

Cleveland schools have been focusing on staff attendance for the past couple of years. Cover said it has decreased the number of days off across the board. Teacher absences have dropped to around ten days.

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