Marvell Elaine Elementary School in Arkansas has worked collaboratively with its teachers and school staff and with parents and community members to help improve chronic absenteeism. Today the chronic absence rate is a low 7 percent, down from 18 percent. With help from the Arkansas Campaign for Grade-Level Reading and others, School Principal Sylvia Moore has really turned things around so more students are getting an opportunity to learn every day. In this story Moore collaborated with a local dentist and helped arrange rides so children could get dental care without missing an entire day of school.
Listen to the video (and read the story) on the UALR NPR website here