This blog struck a chord with my fellow educators on Facebook and Twitter. There were stories of 56 absences from a first grader and of high schoolers getting signed out for lunch and not coming back for the rest of the day. There were feelings of anger at districts and administration for placing blame on teachers and not doing more to help. There was anger directed at parents for contributing to the problem and not being held accountable. There was a call for social workers and truancy officers.
The Arizona Department of Education missed a big opportunity to help solve this crisis in our ESSA state plan. It is my hope that our new Superintendent of Public Instruction will put some low-cost, research-based, easy-to-implement strategies in place through the state plan. Read more on the Educators for Higher Standards blog.