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November 18, 2014 at 5:00 AM

Education Lab, Year II: Staff changes and what’s ahead

educationlab_facebookDear readers,

Education Lab is now past its infancy, and starting its second year.  You may have noticed some staffing changes that we’ve been remiss in formally announcing.

But first, a big thanks to all of you for reading, and sharing your perspectives and questions. Thanks for making this one of the most popular news blogs at The Seattle Times, and helping us grow and improve.

Education Lab is an experiment, a chance to try out new ways of writing about education and, more important, new ways of interacting with you. We’re focused on promising practices we see in our public schools, not as a way to avoid writing about the problems — we’ll continue to do that, too — but as one way to address them.

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November 21, 2013 at 9:41 AM

Today’s feature: Attendance counts

At Aki Kurose Middle School in South Seattle, City Year staffers Margo Kelly, left, Anna Witte and Ti'esh Harper talk with seventh-grader Jade Bland at the attendance window one recent morning. Photo by Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times.

At Aki Kurose Middle School in Seattle, City Year staffers Margo Kelly, left, Anna Witte and Ti’esh Harper talk with seventh-grader Jade Bland at the attendance window one recent morning. Photo by Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times.

From today’s front-page story by Claudia Rowe:

The finding was hard to believe, but year after year and in state after state, the numbers kept bearing it out: Sixth-graders who missed 20 days of class had, at best, a 20 percent chance of graduating from high school on time.

This was a bombshell for researcher Bob Balfanz, who’d spent most of his career trying to understand the factors driving 1 million American students to drop out each year. He’d paced school hallways and sat through hundreds of hours of classroom instruction.

But in 2007, after tracking 13,000 middle-schoolers for eight years in Philadelphia, Balfanz finally isolated a red flag common to all who, years later, failed to graduate on time: A history of poor attendance.

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