Take a look at this chart that shows the new data from the 2012-2013 school year. Although the number of students has been increasing, the number of absences since 2011 (the year that we started the Missing School Matters campaign) has decreased significantly. As a result, of reduced absences, Central Texas schools have saved $12,048,000!
We can’t take all the credit – there are multiple efforts from school districts and other key players to combat student absences. Even though we are still working to decrease absences even further, it’s important to celebrate the successes. Imagine how many more teachers, science labs, and technology can be added with an additional $12 million!