"I don't want to go to school" seldom means just that. It is usually the tip of an iceberg. There is either a need that is not being met or a cry for help about something. It is your job as parent to play sleuth and figure it what is really going on.
Gov. Snyder should be applauded for the crime response efforts in his "smart justice" initiative; however, it fails to commit enough resources toward referring troubled youth to preventive and therapeutic resources.
There are no silver bullets to solve the dropout crisis and blunt instruments often go too far. But when President Obama in his State of the Union address urged states to raise the legal dropout age, we cheered.
Regular attendance is a key indicator of a child's success in school and asthma is the number one cause of absenteeism for American schoolchildren. It's time we cleaned up the air to improve education.