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California Attorney General Kamala Harris released In School + On Track 2016, her fourth annual statewide report on elementary school truancy and chronic absence, that includes the work of CRC researchers Nancy Erbstein and Stacy Olagundoye. The report focuses on how to reduce truancy, chronic absence, and suspensions in California’s elementary schools and is a powerful example of the progress that our state is making to increase awareness about the importance of elementary school attendance and to reduce student absences.
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The California Civic Engagement Project recently released the second in a series of California Voter Experience research briefs. This brief explores why African-American voters in California choose to vote at the polls or Vote-by-Mail, and how they perceive proposed major changes to our state’s voting system.
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Five Sacramento area school districts had more than 26,000 students combined who missed school at least 15 days in the 2013-14 school year, according to a new national report. The education group Attendance Works analyzed a federal survey of 16,240 districts across the country to measure how frequently students don’t show up. The findings released this month place Natomas, Sacramento City, San Juan, Twin Rivers and Elk Grove unified among the 4 percent of districts nationally responsible for half of the nation’s chronically absent students. The report defines chronic absenteeism as missing at least three weeks in the year. The U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights began gathering absenteeism data two years ago for the 2013-14 school year and released results in June.
Why do so many students stay away? The University of California, Davis, began looking at that question four years ago on behalf of the Sacramento City Unified School District and found a host of factors. Besides illness, they include homelessness, not enough clothing, lack of transportation and students having to care for younger siblings, according to research led by Nancy Erbstein, a faculty member affiliated with the Center for Regional Change.
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