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Legislation #: 130657 Introduction Date: 8/29/2013
Type: Special Action Effective Date: none
Sponsor: COUNCILMEMBERS JAMES, JR., SHARP, CIRCO, TAYLOR, WAGNER, FORD, MARCASON, REED, DAVIS AND CURLS
Title: Declaring September, 2013, as Attendance Awareness Month

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8/28/2013 Filed by the Clerk's office
8/29/2013 Adopted

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RESOLUTION NO. 130657

 

Declaring September, 2013, as Attendance Awareness Month

 

Whereas good attendance is essential to overall student achievement and the City is committed to dedicating attention to reducing chronic absenteeism rates; and

 

WHEREAS chronic absence is a proven predictor of academic trouble and dropout rates; and

 

WHEREAS chronic absence predicts lower third-grade reading proficiency, course failure and eventual dropout, it weakens our communities and our local economy; and

 

WHEREAS, chronic absence exacerbates the achievement gap that separates low-income students from their peers, since students from low-income families are more likely to face systemic barriers to getting to school, such as unreliable transportation, lack of access to health care, unstable or unaffordable housing; and

 

WHEREAS schools and community partners can reach out more frequently to absent students to determine why they are missing school and what would help them attend more regularly; and

 

WHEREAS all students, even those who show up regularly, are affected by chronic absence because teachers must spend time reviewing for students who missed lessons; and

 

WHEREAS chronic absence can be significantly reduced when schools, parents and communities work together to monitor and promote good attendance and address hurdles that keep children from getting to school; NOW, THEREFORE

 

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF KANSAS CITY:

 

That the Mayor and Council hereby declare September, 2013, as Attendance Awareness Month; and

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this Resolution be spread upon the Minutes of the Council in testimony thereof and that a copy hereof be presented to Kansas City, Missouri superintendents with the commitment of the Mayor and Council to focus on reducing chronic absenteeism to give all children an equitable opportunity to learn, grow and thrive academically, emotionally and socially.

 

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