Cleveland schools using new clothes and washing machines to battle truancy
According to data from the department of education, about one out of every seven students in the United States 'missed' three weeks or more of school in the 2013-2014 school year.
In the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, even more, students are 'chronically absent' than the national average.
Research indicates chronically absent students, meaning kids who miss more than 15 days of school in a year are at serious risk of falling behind. The school district has developed a new way of approaching attendance issues. One that focuses on reducing a particular stressor that may lead to missing school days. It's new, clean, clothes.