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ERIC Number: ED594019
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Nov
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Missing School, Missing a Home: The Link between Chronic Absenteeism, Economic Instability and Homelessness in Michigan
Erb-Downward, Jennifer; Watt, Payton
Poverty Solutions, University of Michigan
Attendance is vital to academic success but many children in Michigan are not making it to school. Based on recent estimates, Michigan has the sixth highest statewide chronic absenteeism rate in the country. Efforts to reduce school absences can be strengthened by understanding the characteristics of students most at risk. Race, income and disability status are all associated with elevated rates of chronic absenteeism, but one group stands out in particular: homeless students. Data shows homelessness is a statewide issue affecting rural, suburban and urban communities alike, which indicates the need for a greater focus on the educational impact of housing instability in Michigan. This brief uses data from the Center for Educational Performance and Information (CEPI) to explore chronic absenteeism and makes policy recommendations to ensure all of the state's children make it to school.
Poverty Solutions, University of Michigan. Joan and Sanford Weill Hall Suite 5100, 735 South State Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: University of Michigan, Poverty Solutions
Identifiers - Location: Michigan