School attendance: Make it happen

  • Article by: Washington Post Editorial
  • Updated: September 16, 2013 - 7:13 PM

September means back to school for the country’s 55 million students. Too many students, though, will finish the month with two or three absences and, if that pattern continues, end up missing 10 percent of the school year.

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wplettfanSep. 16, 13 7:31 PM

Pretty dang tough to teach someone who isn't there. But we know who'll get blamed when their standardized test scores are low.

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jdlellis1Sep. 16, 13 7:57 PM

Just think of the potential of increasing educational performance if parents (in plural) ensured their children not only attended school but were properly prepared for school! The beauty in this simple plan is that this increase in performance could be easily achieved with absolutely no increase in taxes or educational spending. what a novel concept...parental accountability!

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odinmanSep. 17, 13 7:02 AM

This shouldn't be so complicated. Unless there is a darn good excuse...medical issue for example...then fine the parent(s). It is their responsibility to make sure their kid gets to school. We don't need more programs to relieve these parent(s) from even more of their basic parental duties.

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circleoflifeSep. 17, 13 7:26 AM

There needs to be consequences for the parents for chronically absent students. Either fines or deductions from their welfare checks. Most people won't change their behavior unless you attach money to the punishment. Let's see a politician take this on!

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cstoney48Sep. 17, 13 7:40 AM

And King Cnute sat on his throne at the edge of the sea and ordered the waters to recede. That worked well. Good luck on this one too.

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circleoflifeSep. 17, 13 8:01 AM

wplettfan "Pretty dang tough to teach someone who isn't there. But we know who'll get blamed when their standardized test scores are low." I'm guessing you're talking about teachers. You would be right considering when those scores are put out in the media, attendance isn't considered a factor or reported. Blame the media, not the parents or tax payers.

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petesakesSep. 17, 1312:50 PM

you snooze. you loose.

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Douglind33Sep. 17, 13 1:03 PM

I'd slap a healthy fine on parents of children with excessive unexcused absences. If the pattern prevails, I'd start custody hearings on the negligent parents.

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arspartzSep. 17, 13 3:25 PM

Tie welfare and other state monies to success in school, not just attendance. If the parents don't make education a priority the kid won't either.

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jjsbrwSep. 17, 13 4:38 PM

circleoflifeSep. 17, 137:26 AM There needs to be consequences for the parents for chronically absent students. Either fines or deductions from their welfare checks. -------------------------------------------- what about my former student who only showed up once or twice per week. We found out that she had to stay home to care for her very sick younger sibling. Mom couldn't do it because she was in danger of loosing her job (and insurance) dad not in the picture (through no fault of the student or the mother). Now what? Chronic absenteeism can be pretty straightforward, but often it is anything but simple, and simplistic solutions simply do not apply. Besides, if we are going to fine those on welfare, how do we fine those who are not?

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