Rep. Laura Terech, a Democrat, crafted a bill in response to an investigation by AZCIR and The Hechinger Report, which revealed for the first time the scope of the controversial disciplinary practice of suspending Arizona students for tardiness and truancy.
Educadores en distritos que evitan las suspensiones relacionadas con asistencia dicen que el problema requiere un enfoque dualista: enfocándose en hacer de la escuela un lugar donde los estudiantes quieren estar mientras abordan al ausentismo como un problema a resolver.
Though suspending students for attendance violations is widespread in Arizona, it is not universal—or necessary, according to school and district leaders who have found ways around it. They argue effective alternatives must make school a place students want to be, and treat absenteeism as a problem to solve, rather than a behavior to punish.
Derechos civiles en riesgo: Estudiantes afroamericanos y latinos son suspendidos más por faltar a clase
Cuando el castigo es el mismo que el delito: Suspendido por faltar a clase. El primer análisis de su tipo descubre el uso generalizado de suspensiones por infracciones de asistencia en Arizona.
Overrepresentation of Black, Hispanic students among those suspended for missing school could violate civil rights law
A first-of-its-kind analysis of education data shows that Black, Latino and Native American students are frequently overrepresented among those blocked from class for missing class — what some argue is evidence of a potential civil rights violation. White students, meanwhile, were largely underrepresented.
Suspending students for missing class, whether it’s because they showed up late, cut midday or were absent from school entirely, is a controversial tactic. At least 17 states forbid schools from suspending students for attendance problems at some level—if kids aren’t in class, they aren’t learning. Yet the practice is pervasive in Arizona, a first-of-its-kind…
Cuando el castigo es el mismo que el delito: Suspendido por faltar a clase: El primer análisis de su tipo descubre el uso generalizado de suspensiones por infracciones de asistencia en Arizona.
For the past year, the Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting and The Hechinger Report gathered and analyzed data for attendance-related suspensions among Arizona’s traditional district and charter networks that represent more than 60 percent of the state’s public school students. Here’s how we did the analysis.
The impact of missed preventative medical care during the pandemic is beginning to emerge in the form of drastic declines in childhood vaccination rates among Arizona youth, now at lower levels than at any point in the past decade. The plummeting rates follow a years-long decline in immunizations among Arizona students overall—one that has put…
Youth access to mental health care improved under Jake’s Law, but persistent barriers hamper its reach
Jake’s Law has covered behavioral health services for students who otherwise may not have received treatment. But provider shortages and other challenges have made it difficult for some children and their families to access care.
Temporary grants have let Arizona schools make incremental gains to address inadequate ratios of campus mental health professionals to students. But as youth mental health issues persist, the state lacks a permanent solution.
Arizona parents representing various geographic areas, income levels, and racial and ethnic backgrounds reported changing jobs, turning down jobs, decreasing their hours, forgoing promotions or leaving the workforce entirely as a result of inconsistent or unaffordable care.
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