Thompson: Attendance Challenges For Charters & Nabe Schools
The New York Times report on absenteeism at Chicago's Talent Development Charter is important, but I was struck by its mention of the city's Marshall High School. It has an attendance rate of 53.5%! After checking out that story, I concluded that Chicago's leadership was absent without leave of their senses! According to a 2008 Catalyst report, students at Marshall missed an astonishing average of 50 days of school. So, the district addressed the truancy problem with a new rigorous curriculum, as if it was the lack of engaging instruction that was the real problem. Little was done to address attendance and in-house suspension was cut. - JT (@drjohnthompson) Image via.