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February 16, 2017
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Dear Supporter,

Thanks to Commissioner Kimberley Harrington and the New Jersey Department of Education, chronic absenteeism is now a quality indicator under the State’s proposed plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), our nation's education funding law.

Tell Commissioner Harrington you support chronic absenteeism as an indicator in New Jersey's ESSA plan. Send a message.

When it comes to chronic absenteeism in New Jersey, what schools do matters!
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Time and again, research has shown that when kids miss too much school, their education suffers. As the proposed plan indicates, chronic absenteeism, when compared with academic data, will help identify non-academic needs that affect student performance.

Since its first state report on chronic absenteeism in September 2015, ACNJ has been committed to making school attendance and reduced absences a top priority for New Jersey policymakers, educators, legislators, and communities. The more kids attend school, the more likely they are to read at grade level, succeed in school and graduate on time.

Please take a moment to tell the Commissioner that you support chronic absenteeism as part of the state's ESSA plan.


Cecilia Zalkind

Advocates for Children of New Jersey

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