Every Student Every Day

Earlier this morning, the White House announced a new initiative led in partnership by the U.S. Departments of Education, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development and Justice called Every Student, Every Day: A National Initiative to Address and Eliminate Chronic Absenteeism. This initiative aims to “support coordinated community action that addresses the underlying causes of local chronic absenteeism affecting millions of children in our Nation’s public schools each year.” According to the U.S. Department of Education it is estimated that five to seven and a half million students are chronically absent each year, which puts them at risk for lower academic achievement and dropping out of school. In Baltimore, this equates to over 17,000 students missing a month or more of school each year.

What’s exciting about this initiative for Baltimore in particular is that we already have a diverse coalition of local stakeholders dedicated to addressing barriers to attendance. This type of coalition is cited by the U.S. Department of Education as an essential piece in solving chronic absenteeism locally. Baltimore is well positioned to capitalize on the resources this new initiative will offer in a continued effort to reduce barriers and improve outcomes for our children and youth.

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Kim Eisenreich October 7, 2015 Blog