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June 11, 2019
Early data show attendance gains in Newark, amid district push to combat absenteeism
Just over 24 percent of Newark students were chronically absent from September to May, a 5.4 percentage point improvement from that period last year, officials said.
Getting them to school
April 23, 2019
Inside Detroit’s efforts to address one of the biggest obstacles to better schools: sky-high absenteeism
As the Detroit district tries to remake itself after years at the bottom of nearly every national school ranking, this is one of the problems it most needs to fix. Otherwise, the district’s other reforms, such as a new curriculum, won’t have a chance to make much impact.
March 22, 2019
To boost student attendance and well-being, more Colorado schools ask, ‘Need help with laundry?’
In an effort to banish shame over dirty clothes and boost student attendance, some Colorado schools are creating free, on-site laundromats.
strike day 2
Updated February 13, 2019
Day 2 recap of Denver strike: Everything you need to know about picketing, bargaining, legal threats, and the view from schools
Denver teachers and their allies are back on the picket line.
strike day 1
February 12, 2019
3 of 4 students showed up to school on Denver teacher strike’s first day
Attendance was far higher than it was on the first and second days of Los Angeles’s recent teacher strike.
December 13, 2018
Newark’s absenteeism problem persists as thousands of students miss several days this year, new data show
About one in five Newark students already is considered "chronically absent" this year, putting them at academic risk.
November 28, 2018
Students show up to school more often when they see ‘familiar faces,’ new study finds
When kids know their peers, “Students don’t have to adjust as much to making new friends or relationships,” said Jacob Kirksey.
Newark's Absenteeism Crisis
September 26, 2018
Another year, another Newark attendance campaign. Can León succeed where others have failed?
Like his predecessors, Superintendent Roger León wants to end Newark's absenteeism crisis. It won't be easy.
September 20, 2018
When students miss school, they fall behind. Here’s how one group is curbing absenteeism.
Agape, a Memphis nonprofit, works with students at Whitney Achievement Elementary and 15 other schools to help students with attendance and behavior.
September 7, 2018
As Griffin battles low enrollment in Tennessee’s state district, she looks to a school with a waitlist
The Achievement School District is looking to Westwood Elementary to help her find answers to one of the state district’s longtime issues: lack of students.
Back to school
September 4, 2018
Newark officials deliver a message to students on first day: Keep showing up
Newark officials hope to improve the district's attendance rate and combat chronic absenteeism this school year.
February 14, 2018
With clean clothes, this Detroit school sees a new attitude and improved attendance
Last year, administrators at the A.L. Holmes Academy of Blended Learning struggled to get children to come to school every day. More than…
November 30, 2017
As districts across the country try to drive down absenteeism, New York City leads the way
New York City began attacking chronic absenteeism a decade ago. Now, the de Blasio administration has made it a central focus of its school-turnaround program.
November 6, 2017
Stolen trucks, younger siblings and Halloween worries: A social worker tackles student absences one at a time
In a bid to get kids to come to school regularly and avoid the drop-out track, some Denver schools use lots of carrots and a few sticks.
October 3, 2017
Student absences are about to have higher stakes in most states. Will cheating follow?
It’s unclear if most states have systems in place to accurately monitor absenteeism data at all.
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