San Bernardino, Banning, Hemet receive state grants to improve student attendance

Stephen Wall, The Sun   ·   Link to Article

School districts serving San Bernardino, Banning and Hemet are among nearly three dozen education systems in California to be awarded a share of more than $35 million to improve student attendance.

The money comes as a result of Assembly Bill 1014, known as the Learning Communities for School Success Program, which was signed into law last year.

Thirty-four school districts and county offices of education will receive grants to curb chronic absenteeism, which the California Department of Education defines as being absent at least 10 percent of school days per school year for any reason.

Of the five Inland districts to receive grants, Hemet Unified will get $954,914, Banning Unified $562,128 and San Bernardino City Unified $1.7 million. Coachella Valley Unified and Desert Sands Unified also were awarded money.

Studies show that students who miss school frequently are more likely to fall behind in reading, drop out of school and go to jail as adults.

— Stephen Wall