Tuesday, September 5, 2006
San Diego Unified school district officials say for the past several years, a large number of students simply don't show up for the first day or the first month of school. That's why they've launched a back-to-school campaign called 90506 - which is today's date. School superintendent Carl Cohn says poor attendance impacts student achievement.
Cohn: It's really important for every child to be there, from the very first day of school, to establish a habit of school attendance.District officials say the state gives San Diego Unified about $20 for every student who receives a day of instruction. The district stands to receive $6 million if student attendance increases by 1 percent this month. Ana Tintocalis, KPBS News.