Every day, 20,000 students miss school in Miami-Dade County. Community leaders on Friday announced a plan to get those students in class — even if it means going door-to-door.
“We’re going to have to lace up our boots, come out of our heels and put on some flat shoes,” said school board member Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall. “Let’s gather our children and bring them to school.”
School attendance is serious business. In Miami-Dade, chronically absent third-graders are less than half as likely to read at grade level when compared with their present peers, according to a district analysis of standardized testing data.
“This is a very easy conclusion to reach: If kids aren’t in school, they can’t learn,” said Superintendent Alberto Carvalho.