Fixing Milwaukee Note – Education and Youth Truancy

Yikes:

Nearly half of Milwaukee Public Schools students are habitually absent from school, according to a report released Thursday by the state Legislative Audit Bureau.

The report, a review of public school districts’ efforts to reduce truancy, also found that more than 9% of Wisconsin’s students had at least five unexcused absences in one semester – the state’s definition of habitual truancy – in the 2006-’07 school year.

MPS’ truancy rate was 46% for that academic year.
[…]
“The very best intervention is still a family’s own commitment to seeing that children attend classes,” Superintendent William Andrekopoulos said in a written statement.

The absences are the unexcused one. So, if they have a parent’s or teacher’s note, they are not counted.

What does this do to the future human capital pool for the Milwaukee area? Nothing positive, I think.

What does this do to the perception of others (especially potential investors, potential entrepreneurs, potential visitors, potential new residents) of the future human capital pool for the Milwaukee area? It nudges them in the direction of thinking: “look elsewhere for your future”.

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