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School Attendance

Mentors Play Key Role in Getting Students to School

Robert Balfanz | Posted 04.09.2014 | Education
Robert Balfanz

When school started two years ago, DeVanya a high-performing student from the Bronx, was there with her bright purple sneakers and shiny new binders e...

What 'I Don't Want To Go To School' Really Means

Betsy Brown Braun | Posted 11.17.2013 | Parents
Betsy Brown Braun

"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.

A New Focus On Chronically Absent Students

stateline | Adrienne Lu | Posted 09.17.2013 | Politics

School attendance is about more than figuring out who is playing hooky. Until recently, schools mostly looked at the student body’s overall atten...

Why Los Angeles School District Gave These Students Brand New Cars

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 06.12.2013 | Los Angeles

In Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), showing up to class can get you more than just good grades. In the case of two lucky seniors, it got t...

John Celock

GOP Welfare Proposal Could Have 'Devastating Effects' On Families

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 04.05.2013 | Politics

A Republican lawmaker in Missouri wants to tie welfare benefits to school attendance with a bill that would require 90 percent attendance for children...

Criminal Referrals For Ohio Officials Likely For Falsifying School Data

The Columbus Dispatch | Jennifer Smith Richards | Posted 01.14.2013 | Education

As state officials said there's a "strong likelihood" they'll refer Columbus school employees for criminal prosecution at the end of their student-dat...

Controversial New Child Care Attendance System Examined In Mississippi

| Jackie Mader | Posted 11.09.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report's HechingerEd blog. Mississippi parents will have to scan their fingerprints every time the...

October 3rd Counts

Ed Schmidt | Posted 12.03.2012 | Education
Ed Schmidt

Woody Allen famously said, "Eighty percent of success is showing up." For school districts across the state of Michigan, this Wednesday proves the wisdom of that statement.

Thousands Of Virginia Kids Not Required To Get An Education

Posted 09.18.2012 | Education

More than 7,000 Virginia children may not be getting any form of education as a result of a state law that permits religious exemptions, a recent stud...

Initiative Challenges Students To Keep Showing Up For School

AP | LISA LEFF | Posted 09.03.2012 | Education

BERKELEY, Calif. -- School day wake-up calls recorded by celebrities. Weekend makeup classes. Contests with laptop computers, private concerts and car...

State Auditor Launches Investigation Into Attendance Cheating

Posted 07.27.2012 | Education

The Ohio auditor's office on Thursday launched a statewide investigation into how attendance is reported by schools and the state Department of Educat...

Joy Resmovits

Chronic Absenteeism Hurts Millions Of Students

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 05.17.2012 | Education

Danet Robaina-Cline, an attendance counselor at Chaparral High, considers her school lucky. Like other schools in Las Vegas, a city reeling from th...

Alabama Siblings Have Perfect K-12 School Attendance

AP | BOB JOHNSON | Posted 07.15.2012 | Education

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Neither bad weather nor car accident nor even feeling bad could stop Gennesaret Sealy from attending school every single day,...

Rescuing the Kid in the Closet: Taking the Emotional Health of Kids Seriously

Rev. Romal J. Tune | Posted 07.08.2012 | Education
Rev. Romal J. Tune

Too often, little is said about the emotional story of children in poor communities trying to make sense of life circumstances that even a balanced adult would find difficult to manage.

Hawaiian Student Hasn't Missed A Day Of School In 13 Years!

Posted 09.14.2012 | Teen

Going to high school in a beautiful location might make it difficult to choose class and studying over a day at the beach. But one Hawaiian student wi...

Michigan Needs Early Intervention to Reduce Violent Crime

Thomas Stallworth | Posted 05.13.2012 | Detroit
Thomas Stallworth

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.

Common-Sense Policies Will Transform the Lives of Our Youth

Robert Ross | Posted 05.02.2012 | Education
Robert Ross

Instead of harsh punitive approaches, we need common-sense school discipline policies that emphasize accountability and work to prevent classroom disruption in the first place.

Raising the Dropout Age

John Bridgeland | Posted 08.16.2012 | Education
John Bridgeland

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.

Audit Exposes School Principal Who Faked Attendance Records

Posted 11.28.2011 | Education

The principal of a St. Louis, Mo. school inflated attendance records for three years to meet federal requirements and attain more funding, a state aud...

Las Vegas High Schooler Wins Honda Fit For Good Grades

AP | Posted 08.10.2011 | Education

LAS VEGAS — A Las Vegas high school senior has won a new car for having good grades and no unexcused absences. Clark County school officials sa...

Little Things Can Fix a Big Problem on National Healthy Schools Day

Claire L. Barnett | Posted 06.11.2011 | Home
Claire L. Barnett

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.

Forget Snow Days: Ohio Kids Learn Online In Bad Weather

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

COLUMBUS, Ohio — When bad weather hits this winter, students in a rural western Ohio school district will hit their home computers as part of an...

Drinking Water Filthy But Big Money Goes To Build New Stadium

Joseph B. Treaster | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Joseph B. Treaster

Out of South Africa came the news that an expensive new soccer stadium had been built in a city where drinking water is often dirty and many people have neither electric lights nor toilets.

School Attendance Records Inflated

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Chicago Public Schools officials claimed record-high attendance for the first day of the school year, even with the school funding boycott led by the ...

What Boycott? CPS Claims Record Attendance

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Chicago Public Schools officials claimed first-day attendance was record high, despite the two day boycott led by the rev. and state Sen. James Meeks....