An average of 547 subs are in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools classrooms each day, according to figures recently put together by CMS – meaning about 6 percent of the teachers in the district have called out.
About 3 percent of students, on average, are absent each day, according to CMS figures.
At least the numbers aren’t getting worse. These figures are nearly identical to the findings of a study released early last year looking at chronic absenteeism in school districts across the country. They looked at the 2012-13 school year and also found a 94 percent daily attendance rate. They found that only 16 percent of teachers accounted for more than a third of the daily absentee rate.
But the report did not unearth many answers to why this is or how to fix the problem. The report also did not find any meaningful relationship between the poverty level of the school and teacher attendance.
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More substitute teachers are in west Charlotte schools on an average day than anywhere else in the district. An average of 127 subs are in classrooms in schools in District 2, which encompasses the western and southwestern portions of CMS.
But to be fair, this part of the school district is home to 50 of the overall 164 schools. Most of the other school board districts have about 25 to 30 schools.
The sub data was unearthed as part of the CMS response to questions from county commissioners ahead of their joint meeting this week. Here’s the data in full, with average number of substitute teachers working each day by district.
▪ District 1 (north Mecklenburg): 87
▪ District 2 (west Charlotte): 127
▪ District 3 (University City area): 105
▪ District 4 (east Charlotte): 66
▪ District 5 (south Charlotte): 80
▪ District 6 (Pineville, Ballantyne, Matthews, Mint Hill): 80