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July 1, 2019
Early data from the Detroit district show push to improve attendance is starting to pay off
Chronic absenteeism remains a major problem in the Detroit school district, but officials are encouraged by a decline in the number of students missing class.
June 19, 2019
New research shows how teachers are key to boosting student attendance
Certain teachers are much better than others at getting middle and high schoolers to come to class.
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.
May 22, 2019
In the fight to improve attendance, the Detroit district will try using vans to pick up absent students
The Detroit school district is trying to combat data that shows 70 percent of students were chronically absent during the last school year.
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.
getting to school
February 26, 2019
Study coming on free bus passes for Memphis high school students
Students said reliable transportation to and from school, and to jobs and after-school programs would reduce stress and help curb behavior problems.
February 20, 2019
Years after laying them off, Newark brings back attendance workers to track down absent students
More than 40 new attendance counselors and truancy officers will soon be tracking down absent students in Newark.
January 24, 2019
Rise & Shine: Study says Michigan is ‘dead last’ for school funding growth
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January 9, 2019
One in four students are chronically absent in Tennessee’s state-run district. Here’s what educators are doing about it.
The stakes are high for improving student attendance numbers.
‘We’re doing it to help all of us’: In Newark, student-researchers ask their peers why they miss school
A group of Newark high school and college students wanted to document all the reasons students miss school. So they surveyed their peers.
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.
October 16, 2018
Tennessee has a lot of early-career teachers, especially at schools with more students of color. Here’s why it matters.
This story is a part of the series Miseducation, a reporting partnership between ProPublica and Chalkbeat. We used federal data compiled and analyzed by ProPublica to explore inequities in education at the local level.
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.
lists on lists
September 21, 2018
Tennessee just released its list of top-performing schools. Is your school on it?
More than 300 schools in 85 districts were honored by Tennessee on Friday as the state released its list of “reward” schools.
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