Chronically absent students will graduate

By Cheryl Coleman

The District of Columbia council has approved a measure that would allow chronically absent students to graduate from high school and allow chronically absent elementary and middle school students to not be retained.  As the law currently stands, students who miss 30 or more days from school are supposed to fail and be retained in their grade since/ Now under this new measure, students will get rewarded for not showing up to class – interesting right? DC has been under the radar for graduation scandals in the past, now this. The school system is showing students they do not have to follow the rules and they’ll get rewarded for it. Is there a different incentive for students who do the right thing and show up every day for school or who miss few days? The answer is NO!

Please understand we can take the students that have a chronic illness out of the discussion, but even they have home schooling or tutoring.  I don’t understand how students can be absent for six weeks outside of a health issue. Regular school attendance is very important for student’s academic success.

Are they pushing them out the door to make their graduation ratings look good? I don’t understand how students could be absent that many days and be prepared for the future.  A student who graduates under this emergency law will possibly get a job, but when they don’t show up to work on a regular basis and get disciplined and or fired, they will not understand because they was allowed to do it growing up in school.

Luckily, this measure won’t be official unless Mayor Muriel Bowser signs it into law. Mayor Bowser, if you care about our kids, your signature won’t be found on this measure.