Public schools

Detroit Tries to Boost School Attendance

Through bureaucracy and authority, not by actually being good or anything

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The Detroit Public Schools district announced plans today to step up efforts to improve attendance and will work with prosecutors on cases involving students with many unexcused absences.

"In order to truly achieve our mission to provide a high-quality education to all students, we need help from our parents in ensuring students are at school on time, every single day," Karen Ridgeway, Superintendent of Academics, said in a statement.

Under the policy, called the "3-6-9 Approach," if a student arrives more than 15 minutes after the start of class three times, that will equal one unexcused absence. After three unexcused absences, a phone call will be made to the student's home and an attendance agent will be notified.