Districts Split $35 Million to Stop Chronic Absences

About 30 school districts will receive more than $35 million in grants from the State Department of Education to help curb chronic absenteeism

The passage of Prop 47, otherwise known as the Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act, in 2014, paved the way for AB 1014 and SB 527. The joint Learning Communities for School Success Program bills signed by Governor Brown in September 2016 allocates grants to help school districts establish programs to limit the number of chronic absentees.

The CDE defines a “chronic absentee” as “a pupil who is absent on 10 percent or more of the school days in the school year.”

All school districts, county offices, and charter schools were eligible to apply for the three-year term grant lasting from 2017-2020. Approved agencies received $50 per 2016-17 enrolled student for each year of the grant with a maximum of $2 million awarded.

In total, 34 school districts were award $35,319,784 to alleviate the chronic absentee issue

The Alameda County Office of Education, Hayward Unified School District, West Contra Costa Unified School District, Pomona Unified School District, Madera Unified School District, San Bernardino Unified School District and Visalia Unified School District received the highest grant amount with $1 759,400 each.

View the full list below, and read more about the program at the CDE website.

County Name

Local Educational Agency

Amount

Alameda

Alameda County Office of Education

$1,759,400.00

Riverside

Banning Unified School District

$562,128.00

Los Angeles

Bellflower Unified School District

$1,045,955.00

Imperial

Brawley Elementary School District

$526,764.00

Imperial

Brawley Union High School District

$243,589.00

Imperial

Central Union High School District

$543,443.00

Riverside

Coachella Valley Unified School District

$1,544,723.00

Del Norte

Del Norte County Office of Education

$542,335.00

Riverside

Desert Sands Unified School District

$1,174,751.00

Los Angeles

El Rancho Unified School District

$1,155,134.00

Alameda

Hayward Unified Shool District

$1,759,400.00

Riverside

Hemet Unified School District

$954,914.00

San Benito

Hollister School District

$533,494.00

Kern

Kernville Union Elementary School District

$116,252.00

Alameda

Leadership Public Schools Oakland R&D

$192,628.00

San Joaquin

Lodi Unified School District

$1,701,032.00

Los Angeles

Los Angeles Unified School District

$1,753,418.00

Madera

Madera Unified School District

$1,759,400.00

Kern

McFarland Unified School District

$327,239.00

Colusa

Pierce Joint Unified School District

$195,293.00

Los Angeles

Pomona Unified School District

$1,759,400.00

Tehama

Red Bluff Joint Union High School

$214,559.00

Kings

Reef Sunset Unified School District

$349,681.00

Sacramento

Sacramento City Unified School District

$1,707,854.00

San Benito

San Benito County Office of Education

$555,122.00

San Bernardino

San Bernardino Unified School District

$1,759,400.00

Sacramento

San Juan Unified School District

$1,365,998.00

Alameda

San Leandro Unified School District

$1,139,563.00

Sonoma

Santa Rosa High

$1,076,615.00

Shasta

Shasta County Office of Education

$940,707.00

Stanislaus

Stanislaus County Office of Education

$1,758,168.00

Mendocino

Ukiah Unified School District

$782,625.00

Tulare

Visalia Unified School District

$1,759,400.00

Contra Costa

West Contra Costa Unified School District

$1,759,400.00


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