Did you know that school funding in California, New York, Texas and several other states is based on attendance, rather than enrollment? The Associated Press reports that school districts can miss out on $30- $50 a day for every student that doesn’t show up. It might not sound like a lot, but senior ditch day could easily translate into a substantial funding loss for a school district.
Missing school also has immediate repercussions for students. According to a Johns Hopkins University study, chronic absenteeism increases the achievement gap and reduces graduation rates. Because of this, districts across the country are looking for innovative ways to get kids into the classroom each school day. Click through the gallery for nine of these surprising attendance-boosting tactics.