President Barack Obama and U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan are urging Congress to move quickly to reauthorize the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act, also known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB). Discussions about reauthorization offer opportunities to educate policymakers about the realities of school attendance.
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Issue 3, April 2011
The Detrimental Effect of Missing School by researcher Michael Gottfried tracks attendance and performance for siblings in Philadelphia public schools system, allowing him to get past family factors to look at the real impact of absences. He found an even stronger connection than expected.
The New York Times looks at efforts to improve attendance in Chicago schools. Read the story here.
BAM Radio network for educators talks to Hedy Chang and two others about chronic absence in the early grades. Listen to the interview here.