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In the News: CPS ignores chronic truancy problem

Nearly 32,000 Chicago students in public elementary schools miss four weeks or more of class in a year, but the cash-strapped district does little to stem a devastating problem, according to a special report by the Tribune.

The Tribune explains how it analyzed the attendance data provided by CPS. Reporters framed their request for attendance data in ways that would make it impossible to identify or track any individual child.

Chicago has all but abandoned anti-truancy programs for elementary school students, but outreach workers in Galesburg, a city of 32,000, demonstrate there are effective ways to get children back in class. (Tribune)

Stand Up Chicago, a coalition of labor unions and community groups, and the Chicago Teachers Union will hold a citywide rally Monday "against school closings, corporate welfare and the ongoing attack on neighborhood schools that serve low-income, African American and Latino students," according to the union. The rally kicks off at 11 a.m. at Cityfront Plaza, at Illinois and St. Clair streets. The demonstration intends to bring attention to plight of the city’s public schools and the school board’s threat to shut down scores of neighborhood schools that are underutilized, while it continues to open new charter operations. (Press release)

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Anonymous wrote 2 years 9 weeks ago

Well paid FACE network people should visit truant student homes!

The trib and others write about lack of student attendance every other year--and it dose not change a thing. CPS has a FACE person in EVERY network--why do they not visit homes and get the kids to school? FACE people will go “not my job," yet they are paid well to just sit in the network offices to just take calls for their chief. Again, why are not the FACE employees going out and visiting homes and getting these kids to school? The best time to get to the home/apartment is during the school day. Teachers are teaching during the day so do not make the teachers do this!

Anonymous wrote 2 years 9 weeks ago

Schools call, send out letters, visit homes and get nothing with

no help from CPS--none! We even have police to go out--there is NOTHING, but making them go to court, that will get these neglectful parents get their kids to school--we call and 'parent' say, 'I 'm too tired to get her there, she has to watch the baby, if my kid does not feel like coming to school then she can stay home.' DCFS is no help.
Let us be factual-though NOT PC--how many parents pull their kids out for weeks to go to Mexico?=-weeks; then just bring them back to school like nothing happend.

northside wrote 2 years 9 weeks ago


Your own principal asks why the truant kids scores don't increase and on your reach evaluation you are scored down because the truant kid cant pay attention

anniesullivan wrote 2 years 9 weeks ago

How about the children who

How about the children who have the pattern absences? You know the ones who are absent every Monday because mom and dad party so hard on the weekend no one will get up to wake the child. How heartbreaking when you ask the child why he or she wasn't in school and you get-I woke up when school was over or I tried to wake up my mom but she was too drunk...

Anonymous wrote 2 years 8 weeks ago

why did i get this?

I got a letter saying that i was a "chronic truant". i don't get it. why should me and my parents suffer from such a preposterous thing. for 6 days???

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