Educators combat chronic absenteeism in Tennessee’s state-run school district

By , Special to the Daily Memphian Updated: January 10, 2019 2:58 PM CT | Published: January 09, 2019 4:12 PM CT
<strong>Two of Agape&rsquo;s staff members work with students on reading at Whitney Achievement Elementary School. The staff members, though employed by the Memphis nonprofit, are integrated into school life.</strong><span>&nbsp;(Caroline Bauman)</span>

Two of Agape’s staff members work with students on reading at Whitney Achievement Elementary School. The staff members, though employed by the Memphis nonprofit, are integrated into school life. (Caroline Bauman)

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Caroline Bauman

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Research has shown that when students have more “familiar faces” around them in class, they’re less likely to be chronically absent, so nonprofits like Communities in Schools are sending staff members into local schools to combat absenteeism.

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