Friday Round-Up, September 20, 2013
Here are a few updates for the week from the Network Communities Support Center:
This week we received Tell Our Story submissions from San Francisco, CA, Pittsfield, MA, and Charlotte, NC, bringing our community participation up to 53 communities! Last week we received stories from Lafayette, IN and Rochester, NY. We encourage you to continue submitting and/or reading stories. Catherine S. Raineri of Syracuse, NY commented on Delray Beach's story: she now plans to visit their elementary school, as their programs are similar to the ones in her city!
A new state policy brief from Attendance Works details how states are starting to take attendance seriously, using the metric as a diagnostic tool. It also outlines practical steps states can take to reduce chronic absence, including building public awareness, tracking and publicly reporting chronic absence rates for schools and districts, using attendance as a metric in school improvement efforts, and developing inter-agency efforts.
There are now 67 communities participating in Attendance Awareness Month so far, and an additional 12 communities whose governors have signed a state-level AAM proclamation! Please consider reaching out to your school district superintendent(s) with the Call to Action and let us know if there are ways we can support your efforts.
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