Sue Fothergill, Executive Director of educationRISING LLC, has over a decade of experience in organizing, advocacy, and policy analysis. Since December of 2008, Fothergill has served as the Director of the Baltimore Student Attendance Campaign, is a co-founder of the Baltimore Education Coalition, and is the President of City Neighbors Charter School. She is also the parent of two fabulous boys who attend Baltimore City Public Schools.
Imagine the first day of school; students energized by their long summer holiday, excited to see friends from the prior year, eager to meet their new teachers, curious about where their cubbies or lockers are, prepared to turn in important information like their health cards for the school nurse and their emergency cards for the office, and ready to get back into the swing of things at school. The first day sets the tone for the year and presents students with lots of critical information: introductions, goals and expectations.
Giving students time to make friends and socialize during their 9th grade transition would encourage more students to attend school
We have an attendance problem in Baltimore. For the past three school years, over 40% percent of Baltimore City public high school students have missed a month or more of school making them chronically absent1 and last school year 49%…