Study: Millions of students at risk of dropping out due to absence record


What’s the best way to keep kids in school? That was the question being asked at the Mission: Graduate Conference headed up by the United Way.

According to a national study, more than 8 million students are at risk of dropping out because of their absence record. 

Thursday, a panel of students and community members shared ideas about how to engage those students. 

“Getting to school actually starts the night before, especially with younger children. So we recommend to parents starting the night before, laying out clothes before your child goes to bed, getting the backpack ready, and then in the morning when you’re getting your child to school, everything’s just a little bit easier to prepare,” said Angelo Gonzales, United Way.

The state’s graduation rate this year was 71 percent — an 11 percent increase in six years. 

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