Wed, May 18, 2011 -- 10:00 AM
Cutting AbsenteeismDownload audio (MP3)
A growing body of research suggests that frequent absences -- even excused ones -- can sharply increase a student's chances of eventually leaving school. State education officials are holding a conference on Thursday in Sacramento to help educators respond to chronic absence warning signs before it's too late.
Host: Scott Shafer
- David Kopperud, chair of the California Department of Education's State School Attendance Review Board, which is hosting the conference
- Eric Young, senior at Dewey Academy
- Hattie Tate, principal of Dewey Academy in the Oakland Unified School District
- Hedy Nai-Lin Chang, director of Attendance Works, a national initiative that works to curb chronic absence
- Jan Moorehouse, superintendent of Del Norte County Unified School District and Office of Education
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