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It is inspiring to see the results achieved through our programs and to hear about the direct impact they make in students’ lives, for administrators and in the communities we service. We are proud to share in the accomplishments of our clients and to acknowledge their successes.

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“Pasadena Unified School District’s efforts to fight truancy paying off”

PASADENA – A school district-wide push to combat truancy appears to be paying off, according to truancy data obtained by this news organization.

Sarah Favot, Contributing Writer
Pasadena Star-News
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“District: 32 percent of kindergartners chronically miss school”

Barstow Unified School District, with the help from a program called Attendance2Attendance, is working to change the culture within its schools when it comes to students missing school days.

Mike Lamb, Staff Writer
Desert Dispatch
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“My Word: Program designed to help fight truancy in Hayward”

Fifty percent - That was the truancy rate among Hayward students, and it’s the highest in Alameda County. Last year, about 44 percent of high school students were chronically absent, missing at least 10 percent of their class periods. These numbers are unacceptable, and they have to change.

Stan "Data" Dobbs, Superintendent, Hayward USD, and Diane Urban, Staff Writer
Contra Costa Times
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“East Central’s stunning success in managing attendance, truancy issues”

A little more than two years ago, East Central Independent School District suffered an unusual dip in attendance of nearly a full percentage point. Although worrisome, what got the district administration’s attention was the related drop in state funding of close to $600,000.

Tom Chorneau, Managing Editor
SI&A Cabinet Report
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“Improved student attendance brings in the revenue for Glendale Unified”

More students in their seats translates to $1.3 million in increased revenue for the district.

Megan O’Neil,
Glendale News-Press
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“Palmdale School District confronts attendance perceptions to get turnaround”

The challenges facing Palmdale School District probably are not unique. Once surrounded by a thriving middle class community, the high-desert region has been battered by the economic downturn and the collapse of residential real estate.

Tom Chorneau, Managing Editor
SI&A Cabinet Report
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“Local schools trying to fill their seats”

Some parents of children in the Lompoc Unified School District were finding out about their offspring’s frequent absences later than others, a continuity problem school officials viewed as an overall attendance issue.

Gina Potthoff, Staff Writer
Santa Maria Times.com
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“San Francisco schools report fewer absences”

This year, the district made the most progress in getting kindergartners to school. Just under 9 percent have been chronically absent this year, compared with 13 percent last year.

Amy Crawford, Staff Writer
San Fransisco Examiner
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“SAUSD Schools Recognized for Their Gains in Attendance”

The improvement in average daily attendance is also expected to generate an unanticipated gain in state support of $863,847 for SAUSD.

Angela Burrell, APR
Santa Ana USD
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“Community celebrates improved attendance at Wasco Elementary”

With family and friends crowded into the school cafeteria, the students at Kern County’s Karl Clemens Elementary won statewide recognition last month for a stunning improvement in attendance.

Tom Chorneau, Managing Editor
SI&A Cabinet Report
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“Focus on attendance pays off in ADA and class time”

Facing the same challenge over student absenteeism but for distinctly different reasons, two Southern California districts added thousands of hours of classroom time back into this school year using a similar management and incentive strategy.

Tom Chorneau, Managing Editor
SI&A Cabinet Report
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“Ex-state schools chief praises SUSD”

STOCKTON - Calling Stockton Unified “a model for the rest of the state,” California’s former top education official praised the district’s success at reducing truancy and increasing attendance during a brief ceremony at Tuesday night’s board meeting.

Roger Phillips, Record Staff Writer
RecordNet.com
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“SF Unified, County DA and SPI launch new anti-truancy program”

(San Francisco) -- Challenged by a stubbornly high truancy rate, especially among high school students, officials from San Francisco Unified joined Thursday with other state and local leaders in calling for renewed efforts to reduce student absenteeism.

Tom Chorneau, Managing Editor
SI&A Cabinet Report
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Partnering4SpecialEd

“Partnering4SpecialEd brings savings, performance to San Mateo”

Among the major findings was that the district had been over-identifying students with speech and language impairments. Simply identifying the problem led to a more consistent evaluation process supported by improved protocols and checklists.

Tom Chorneau, Managing Editor
SI&A Cabinet Report
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“Alameda City Unified copes with growing demands of speech and language disabled”

One out of every 20 school-age children nationally have some form of disability, according to recent figures from the U.S. Census Bureau – with speech and language impairment representing one of the fastest-growing segments of the population.

Tom Chorneau, Managing Editor
SI&A Cabinet Report
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