According to some school administrators, we’re entering truancy season -- the time when schools start taking action on students who have racked up too many missed days.But deciding how many missed days are punishable and what action is taken varies from district to district.Though, the next school year will bring additional guidance in the form of a new law. Tom Wolf in November and will go into effect with the 2017-18 school year.It gives clearer guidelines for truancy standards and penalties.
The collective deficit in opportunity, education and prospects--everything implied in "being connected"--further separates us into haves and have-nots. The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) under President Obama called a 25-megabits-per-second download speed--the minimum technical parameter of broadband--the "table stakes" for participation in 21st century life."Hell, it's barely fast enough to check your email," says Covert. Then you hit it again and get a snack ..."America's digital divide is not only a matter of geography.Among the quarter of Americans without broadband--basically, a connection fast enough to stream video--are many who simply cannot afford the monthly bill for service.About three-fourths of new teachers report that they have participated in an induction program and have had a mentor teacher assigned to them.A few states even have fully funded mentoring programs in which the mentors are expert teachers who have release time to be in the classroom coaching on a regular basis.Sometimes they feel that they're crashing and burning, and sometimes, they really are.