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ERIC Number: ED573359
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Jan
Pages: 30
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 29
Attendance Management in BC's K-12 Public Education System. BCTF Research Report. RR2016-01
Naylor, Charlie
British Columbia Teachers' Federation
Every British Columbia (BC) school district has been mandated and funded to initiate attendance management programs. Three "advisory" and seven "pilot" school districts have been announced. While the issue is evolving, this paper provides some background, research, and details about the current proposals for attendance management in BC. The rationale for introducing attendance management hinges on two claims: (1) Attendance management will save BC's public education system considerable amounts of money by reducing teachers' absences from work and therefore lower the costs of providing teachers teaching on call (TTOC); and (2) BC teachers take more time off work than do teachers in other provinces. This report discusses these claims and argues that the BC Public School Employers' Association (BCPSEA) has launched the attendance management initiative (with an initial expenditure of $3,700,000) with claims, but without evidence that long-term costs will be reduced, and by making claims about teacher absences that appear unsubstantiated and not based on the sources referenced. The following are appended: (1) Summary of Recommendations of the Service Delivery Project--Report of the Attendance Support, Wellness and Occupational Safety Working Group; (2) Attendance Support and Wellness Grant Allocation by School District; and (3) Work Absence: Critique of the Cost Estimates in "Service Delivery Project Phase 1 Report."
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: British Columbia Teachers' Federation (BCTF) (Canada), Research Department
Identifiers - Location: Canada