Absentee rates above average in our schools

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Absentee rates above average in our schools

A fourth of students miss 15 days or more of school in La Plata County
Cliff Vancura/Durango Herald illustration
Cliff Vancura/Durango Herald illustration
Some students at disadvantage

In general, the data show that students of color, students whose first language is not English, and students with disabilities, are, according to a number of indicators, not getting the same opportunity to learn as our classmates who are white, whose first language is English or who do not have disabilities.
When we deny some students access to a high-quality education, we all lose out in multiple ways. We lose out economically, because people who are poorly educated earn less, pay less in taxes and need more services. They are also more likely to end up in prison. In fact, two thirds of state prison inmates are high school dropouts.
But we lose out in other ways that are not as obvious. I can’t help but think of the art that is not created, the entrepreneurial ideas that may never reach the drawing board, the classrooms these Americans will never lead, the discoveries they’ll never make.
John B. King Jr., secretary of education for the U.S. Department of Education

Katy Anthes

“Clearly, absenteeism is a concerning problem across the country and in Colorado, because children cannot learn if they are not in school. Research has shown that chronic absenteeism is one of the greatest causes of low academic achievement and a strong predictor of dropping out. It is imperative that we as educators and leaders continue to provide students the greatest chance to succeed, but they need to be in class to do so.”
Katy Anthes, interim education commissioner for the Colorado Department of Education

Absentee rates above average in our schools

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Cliff Vancura/Durango Herald illustration
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