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Empty Desks: The Effects of Chronic Absenteeism

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

One-Of-A-Kind Daycare Center In Baltimore Helps Teen Parents

Contact Gwendolyn Glenn at [email protected]