PRESS RELEASE: Georgia Budget and Policy Institute (GBPI) Unveils Insightful Report Titled “What is Chronic Absenteeism”

GEORGIAThe Georgia Budget and Policy Institute (GBPI) announces the release of its comprehensive report, “What is Chronic Absenteeism,” shedding light on the multifaceted factors contributing to K-12 absenteeism. The report, spearheaded by GBPI’s Education Director, Dr. Stephen Owens, delves into crucial aspects such as school transportation, mental health, the lingering impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, and poverty, offering a thorough exploration of the complex issue. 

The research undertaken by Dr. Owens underscores the need for a nuanced understanding of chronic absenteeism, moving beyond a simplistic viewpoint. The report emphasizes that there is no one-size-fits-all solution to this challenge, necessitating a holistic and multifaceted approach. By addressing the interconnected web of issues, the GBPI report aims to provide actionable insights for educators, policymakers, and communities alike. 

Key highlights of the report include: 

School Transportation: Unpacking the role of transportation in student attendance and how it intersects with various socio-economic factors. 

Mental Health: Exploring the impact of mental health on student attendance, recognizing the need for support systems within educational institutions. 

COVID-19 Pandemic: Analyzing the ongoing repercussions of the pandemic on student attendance, addressing the disruptions and challenges faced by both students and educators. 

Poverty: Investigating the correlation between poverty and chronic absenteeism and proposing strategies to alleviate this barrier to consistent attendance. 

GBPI emphasizes that addressing chronic absenteeism requires a collaborative effort from various stakeholders, including schools, communities, and policymakers. The report serves as a valuable resource for those seeking to implement effective strategies that consider the diverse and interconnected challenges faced by students. 

Dr. Stephen Owens, GBPI Education Director, expressed his thoughts on the report, stating, “Chronic absenteeism is a complex issue that demands a comprehensive approach. This report not only identifies the key contributing factors but also emphasizes the need for tailored solutions that account for the unique circumstances of each student.” 

GBPI invites educators, policymakers, and community leaders to explore the report and engage in meaningful discussions to collectively develop strategies that promote consistent attendance and foster a supportive learning environment for Georgia students. 

View the full report HERE. 


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