A very complicated issue. As technology inevitably expands, we are faced with problems that are more difficult to address. This issue is just one of them.
This is truly a crisis in our country! Poverty is real and it impacts ALL of us. This Washington Post article really demonstrates the staggering increase of students that are homeless and living in poverty. These children are at a severe disadvantage compared to their more fortunate peers. We must find a way to put programs in place to eliminate this devastating statistic!
While it is understood that there are many factors that contribute to a student’s success or regression, absenteeism is one that is finally getting the needed attention. Below is a brief article outlining a recent report on chronic absenteeism…especially the “excused” absences. It is a complicated issue with many moving parts but it is worth our attention.
It is nice to hear this topic being addressed in a logical fashion. Click below for a WXYZ interview with State Superintendent Brian Whiston.