At Lakeland Union High School, our absenteeism rates used to be substantially higher than state averages. Year after year, someone—usually an assistant principal or dean of students—was always working hard on addressing our truancy cases. Despite our efforts, nothing we did dramatically affected the number of students habitually missing school. To break this cyclical pattern, our administrative team decided to take a different approach to curb attendance problems. (more…)
Inside the Beltway
Congress returns from August recess after Labor Day on September 8 and the current continuing resolution keeping the government funded runs out on September 30. The Iran deal has been taking up airwaves as President Obama courts votes. On the budget front, conservative Republicans have threatened to derail the budget process if Planned Parenthood is not defunded, but Republican leadership is anxious to avoid that scenario.
In the Press
This month, PDK International and Gallup released their annual poll data on the public’s attitudes toward public schools. (more…)