Empty Desks: The Effects of Chronic Absenteeism

Educators tell us that students who miss 20 or more days of school in an academic year—and there are 85,000 of them in Maryland—have lower test scores, lower graduation rates and even lower chances of getting into college or of breaking the cycle of poverty.

WYPR’s Gwendolyn Glenn is spending the next year meeting with educators, students, parents, researchers and others to explore the causes and effects of chronic absenteeism and the solutions being offered by city and county officials.

Empty Desks is made possible through a grant from the Open Society Institute—Baltimore.

    

Listen to Empty Desks stories:

Overview of absenteeism

Why Some Homeless Students Travel 2 Hours To School

Getting To School Is Harder Than You Think

Baltimore Teachers Struggle To Keep Chronically Absent Students On Track

Chronic Absenteeism--A Look At The Numbers

In City Schools, Climate Change Is Not About The Weather

Illness: A Barrier To Attending School

In Ghana, School Absenteeism And Poverty Go Hand-In-Hand

One School's Battle With Chronic Absenteeism

A Bright Spot In The Battle Against Chronic Absenteeism

Contact Gwendolyn Glenn at gglenn@wypr.org

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Education
5:00 am
Thu March 27, 2014

A Bright Spot In The Battle Against Chronic Absenteeism

City Neighbors Elementary/Middle School social worker Emily Snellings has lunch with students Stella Pike and Alex Iyalekhue. Snellings says the school's small size makes it easier to help students with attendance problems.
Credit Gwendolyn Glenn / WYPR

A Bright Spot in the Battle against Chronic Absenteeism

At some schools in Baltimore city, 65 percent of students miss 20 or more days of school annually.

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Education
5:00 am
Tue March 25, 2014

One School’s Battle with Chronic Absenteeism

Karl Perry was brought in as principal of Edmondson Westside High School in West Baltimore to turn around its poor chronic absenteeism rate. Nearly 42 percent of the school’s 800 students miss 20 or more days of school a year.
Credit Gwendolyn Glenn / WYPR

One School’s Battle with Chronic Absenteeism

This month, Baltimore city school's interim Superintendent Tisha Edwards warned 61 principals that they could face disciplinary action if they don’t reduce high chronic absenteeism rates in their schools.

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Education
5:00 am
Tue February 25, 2014

In Ghana, School Absenteeism And Poverty Go Hand-in-Hand

Stands like this one, where families sell coconuts and other vegetables, are a common site in Accra, Ghana. Some students miss school because they have to help their parents out in their stands or in the large marketplaces.
Laura Rice KUT

In Ghana, School Absenteeism and Poverty Go Hand-in-Hand

In the West African country of Ghana, 98 percent of the country's primary and secondary students are enrolled in school, but in some areas, a significant number do not attend classes regularly.  

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Chronic Absenteeism
5:50 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Illness: A Barrier To Attending School

(l-r) Tyin, Carrie and Connor Nease. The eight-year-old twins suffer from hemophilia, which kept them out of school for more than 20 days each year. Their mother, Carrie, now home-schools them.
Gwendolyn Glenn WYPR

Illness: A Barrier To Attending School

Another installment in our year-long series Empty Desks: The Effects of Chronic Absenteeism

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Chronic Absenteeism
8:50 am
Thu August 8, 2013

In City Schools, Climate Change Is Not About the Weather

Baltimore city school police and principals exchange ideas on how to make their schools more welcoming and nurturing. District officials hope these climate training sessions will lead to a drop in chronic absenteeism.
Gwendolyn Glenn WYPR

Empty Desks: In City Schools, Climate Change Is Not About the Weather

Another installment in our year-long series Empty Desks: The Effects of Chronic Absenteeism

With more than 17,000 Baltimore students missing more than 20 days of school last year, it is no surprise that school officials are seeking ways to change the climate in their schools. Last week, school police and administrators from 50 Baltimore schools attended “climate training” workshops to help them do just that.

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