High absentee rates, low math scores and prospect of teacher layoffs cast a cloud over recent school board meeting; plus, city leaders discuss latest refinery incident, plan Feb. 15 meeting
Maybe, just maybe, if the schools hadn't been closed for so long performance in the basics wouldn't be plummeting. Distance learning was a wreck and kids whose parents couldn't work from home were left to do online school unsupervised, making it easy to just check out. Increases in
absenteeism has to be related to the failed distance learning. I hope the state and all school district learned their lesson, sadly it came at the expense to students.
It is good that they are taking the absenteeism rate seriously. I see my neighborhood kids hanging about at weird times which makes me wonder if they are attending school at all. I think parents need to be infinitely more engaged with getting their kids to school. Time to restore BUSSING? It would alleviate the thousands of cars clocking through traffic all over town as well as give kids a ride to wo5rk when parents are busy trying to get to work! Charge parents a stipend to have their kids involved with the bus program. That is cheaper than gas and wasted time in long lines to pick up and drop off!