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Supt. Torlakson, Officials Kick off Attendance Awareness Month

Supt. of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson and other state officials are working hard to support efforts by parents and teachers to help keep students in school. They are using a month devoted to "Attendance Awareness" to spread the message about the key connection between good attendance and increased student achievement.

“Children must attend school to learn, succeed, and prepare for a bright future,” Torlakson said during a Thursday morning news conference at the state Capitol.

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California Districts Explore Alternatives to Student Suspension

A recently published article in the San Francisco Chronicle focuses on an issue that CTA members have been discussing for a long time: what kinds of effective steps can educators take to maintain classroom discipline while not subjecting students to the traditional penalty for egregious misbehavior - suspension from school?

At the chapter and state level, CTA members have been exploring and practicing alternatives aimed at addressing the root causes of student actions. They have been working with students so that the youngsters and teens understand and accept responsibility for their choices.

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