CLEVELAND (AP) -- The leader of Cleveland's public schools is urging employees to improve their attendance rate.
The Plain Dealer reports (http://bit.ly/1ckM7FH) that Cleveland City Schools' chief executive Eric Gordon has written a memo to staff and commented publicly about his concerns over a work absence rate in the district of more than 10 percent. The district's largest teachers' union disputes Gordon's calculations.
Gordon cites statistics indicating a 3-percent average absence rate for most professions and a 5.3-percent rate nationally for schools. He says an 89-percent attendance rate for staff is unacceptable.
Cleveland Teachers Union President David Quolke (KWOHL'-kee) said Gordon is working from inaccurate staff totals and may be including absences for staff training.
He said the district's latest contract includes compensation credit for teachers with 95 percent attendance or higher.
Information from: The Plain Dealer, http://www.cleveland.com