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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.
September 20, 2018
When students miss school, they fall behind. Here’s how one group is curbing absenteeism.
Agape, a Memphis nonprofit, works with students at Whitney Achievement Elementary and 15 other schools to help students with attendance and behavior.
Following the money
September 12, 2018
Looking to curb absenteeism, other chronic problems, Memphis invests in data specialists with Gates money
Solving problems like chronic absenteeism is the goal of the nearly $1 million philanthropic dollars earmarked for 15 Shelby County schools.
September 7, 2018
As Griffin battles low enrollment in Tennessee’s state district, she looks to a school with a waitlist
The Achievement School District is looking to Westwood Elementary to help her find answers to one of the state district’s longtime issues: lack of students.
Back to school
September 4, 2018
Newark officials deliver a message to students on first day: Keep showing up
Newark officials hope to improve the district's attendance rate and combat chronic absenteeism this school year.
April 23, 2018
Nearly 60 percent of Newark 12th-graders are chronically absent. Now, a conference tries to tackle the issue.
Newark's chronic absenteeism rate is more than double the national average.
March 2, 2018
Week in review: The truants of kindergarten
While some might assume that Detroit’s sky-high chronic absenteeism rate is driven by teens skipping class, the problem in city schools is actually…
February 16, 2018
Week in Review: Chilling news
It was a busy week on the education beat with news emerging from a schedule packed with education town halls, state and city…
November 30, 2017
As districts across the country try to drive down absenteeism, New York City leads the way
New York City began attacking chronic absenteeism a decade ago. Now, the de Blasio administration has made it a central focus of its school-turnaround program.
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