09 Aug

Why do students miss school?

Earlier this year, E3 Alliance and Children’s Optimal Health cooperated on a study to find the most common reasons that students miss school.  Researchers analyzed the 16,800 absences in 9 schools with demographics that mirrored the Central Texas region.  Perhaps not surprising is that acute illness accounted for 48% of school absences – but on the other hand, that means 52% of absences were NOT due to illness.  Preventable absences like routine medical appointments, skipping, and travel were all among the top 10 reasons students missed school.  Every day counts – if we can reduce those preventable absences by 3 days per student per year, Texas schools could gain an additional $34 million in funding.

To read more about the study and see the presentation of the findings, please visit the following links:

Acute Illness is the Prominent Reason why Students Miss School in Central Texas – Link to press release and presentations

Student Absences in Central Texas – What are the reasons? – Blog post on the study by Dr. Amy Wiseman.

05 Aug

2013 Missing School Matters Kickoff Event

Miss School.
Miss Out.

When your son or daughter misses a day at school, they’re missing out on a lot more than classes or
homework. They’re missing opportunities. Opportunities to learn. To gain confidence. To be inspired. To be
a friend. To experience a moment that may have a positive, lasting impact.

But that’s not all. They’ll also start to miss out on things like teachers, electives, sports programs and arts
education. Because every year, school absences cost Central Texas $34 million dollars in lost revenue.
That’s $34 million in lost opportunities for your child, your school and your community.


E3 Alliance, together with AARO invites employers, associations and community groups to help spread the word that that Missing School Matters.  Join us on September 4th to kick off the 2013 Central Texas campaign – and National Attendance month!  Speakers include Dr. Meria Carstarphen, superintendent of the Austin Independent School District, and Susan Dawson, president and executive director of E3 Alliance.

  • Learn about the Get Schooled Central Texas Fall Attendance Challenge to get middle and junior high school students aware of the importance of going to class.
  • Review new data from E3 and Children’s Optimal Health regarding the reasons for absences.
  • Get your own promotional tool kit with messages, flyers, articles and more to help spread the word about keeping kids in school.
  • Network and brainstorm with other business and community leaders on how to tackle this important issue.

The kickoff event will be held at IBC Bank on (2817 E. Cesar Chavez) from 9am-10:30am.  To register for the event, please click here.  For more information, please contact us at info@e3alliance.org

02 Aug

Missing School Matters at Blues on the Green 8/7!

Find out about our 2013 Missing School Matters campaign at KGSR’s Blues on the Green at Zilker Park!  The event will take place August 7th, and from 7:30-9:30pm we will have a booth in the Polycom/Nonprofit area just north of the main stage (if facing the stage, on the left).  You can listen to a free live music show from White Denim, My Jerusalem, and The Preservation, and come away with easy actions that YOU can take to help schools get more funding.

For more information about Blues on the Green, please click here.