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37 States Are Using Their ESSA Plans to Crack Down on Chronic Student Absences. So How Will They Do It?

The 74 Million – Carolyn Phenicie

“Chronic absenteeism in schools is like bacteria in hospitals: an invisible force undoing all the good work done elsewhere, as one researcher posited. It doesn’t matter how strong the teaching or curriculum or anything else in a school is if students aren’t there to learn it, Bob Balfanz, a researcher at Johns Hopkins University and head of the Everyone Graduates initiative, said at a panel Tuesday at Georgetown University.”(more)

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