Schools across the country are preparing to formally track students from military families, monitoring their academic progress as they move from military base to military base and state to state, under a new provision in the federal education law.
Chronic absence is not just skipping school — it’s more likely a mix of truancy entangled with illnesses and family problems. And it’s a big problem in the U.S.: It’s estimated that more than 5 million students a year are chronically absent.
Charter schools arrived in the 1990s and began attracting parents searching for an alternative to big-city districts that had strained for years to raise performance among minority and low-income students and those who are learning English.
Four Shelby County charter schools will close at the end of this school year after the state Board of Education voted unanimously Friday to uphold decisions by Shelby County Schools to revoke their charters.
A longtime voucher school operator that has tangled with the state Department of Public Instruction for years has sued Superintendent Tony Evers in federal court, saying Evers illegally withheld more than $600,000 from the school this spring, putting it in jeopardy of closing.