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Teachers Hardly Absent in Baldwin-Whitehall

A study done by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review puts B-W in a good light.

A study done by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review shows that Baldwin-Whitehall School District teachers were absent from only 1.81 percent of classroom time during the 2011-12 school year.

That percentage, the lowest in the seven-county Pittsburgh region, is well below the national average of 5.3 percent.

Using substitutes to offset days missed by any of Baldwin-Whitehall's 289 teachers cost the district $94,300 this past school year, the Tribune-Review reported, or 0.3 percent of local real estate taxes.

The article states—you can read it in its entirety here—"In an era of dwindling education funding, the Trib analysis fueled an ongoing debate between teachers, who say they're entitled to time off from jobs that have become increasingly stressful, and critics, who claim absenteeism compounds districts' financial woes and hinders student achievement.

"'Learning shuts down on those days (when a regular teacher is out),' said Cheryl Boise of the Commonwealth Education Organization, a Harrisburg nonprofit. 'You're paying two people, and there is no learning, period. It's really baby-sitting.'"

At a Baldwin-Whitehall School Board meeting on Wednesday night, district Superintendent Dr. Randal A. Lutz commended B-W's teachers for ranking so high (or low, depending on how you look at it) on the Trib's list.

Read through other Baldwin-Whitehall School Board items here.

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20 Year Resident of Baldwin/Whitehall January 13, 2013 at 02:25 PM
It's really a shame that the district did so poorly in their AYP even with teachers being in the classroom consistently. No cause to celebrate yet, but the financial savings is certainly a very positive thing to mention.
Margaret French January 13, 2013 at 03:17 PM
Agreed.
Janet Carol January 13, 2013 at 04:05 PM
It should be made mandatory that teachers leave actual lessons for substitutes. Substitutes are CERTIFIED TEACHERS!!! "'Learning shuts down on those days (when a regular teacher is out),' said Cheryl Boise of the Commonwealth Education Organization, a Harrisburg nonprofit. 'You're paying two people, and there is no learning, period. It's really baby-sitting.'"
Sasafras Jackson January 14, 2013 at 03:09 PM
While I agree 100% with 20YR B/W, I need to bring up the fact that Baldwin High Coach Jim Wehner is an Assistant Coach for the PA Team in the Big 33 game. While I read this story in the Post-Gazette, I feel that it may be a typo. God Bless.
NE12Ukid January 14, 2013 at 07:29 PM
Cheryl Boise is one person with one opinion. Are teachers in BW not required to leave lesson plans? Other districts require this, do we KNOW that this is not happening in BW? I don't know for sure, but I doubt that teachers do not leave any plans for subs. Some substitutes do a fine job. To say there is no learning, only "babysitting" every time a sub is in the room is unfair to the good subs IMO.

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