Central Texas schools combating absences

AUSTIN, TEXAS (KXAN) — With the number of school absences on the rise, Central Texas schools are losing approximately $90 million each year, according to E3 Alliance.

Pete Dwyer with Dwyer Realty Companies and Jennifer Mann with Manor ISD joined us in the studio to discuss how they plan to combat this issue.

E3 Alliance compiled data for Central Texas school absences as a part of their attendance campaign “Missing School Matter.”

When a student skips school the districts reportedly loses $38 in funding per student. E3 Alliance reviewed this data and found that the 2.4 million absences each year in our region costs Central Texas high schools $20,000 each week.

The goal of the campaign is to increase attendance by an average of three days of school per student. This seemingly small increase could earn $34 million for Central Texas school districts.

For more information you can visit their website missingschoolmatters.org.

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