Special Project Team

Kamala D. Harris
Attorney General
Jill Habig Special Assistant Attorney General
Kelsey Krausen Senior Education Research Fellow
Tiffany Woo Special Deputy Attorney General/ Education Research Fellow
Robert Sumner Deputy Attorney General

The recommendations expressed in this report are based on research and input from the staff of the Attorney General’s Special Project Team and office. These recommendations should not be considered as representing the views of any agency or organization that contributed to the report.

Acknowledgments

The Attorney General’s office thanks the many members of the education, law enforcement, and non-profit communities who generously gave their time and insight to discuss ways to combat the crisis of truancy and chronic absence in California’s elementary schools. This report reflects the hard work and dedication of the full range of community partners engaged in improving attendance for California’s youngest students. We acknowledge and thank you for your contributions to this project. Most importantly, we thank you for the work you do every day to help students and their families.

Below is a list of the over 250 schools, school districts, and county offices of education throughout California, as well as non-profit organizations and others, who have contributed to this report.

Key Partners

The Ad Council Attendance Works
California Association of African American Superintendents and Administrators California Department of Education
The California Endowment California School-Based Health Alliance
Children Now The Education Trust-West
Eagle Software Fight Crime: Invest in Kids
Judicial Council of California Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce

Contributors from the Education Community

Alameda Unified School District Albany Unified School District
Alexander Valley Union School District Alvord Unified School District
Anaheim City School District Antelope Elementary School District
Antioch Unified School District Apple Valley Unified School District
Arvin Union School District Auburn Union School District
Azusa Unified School District Baldwin Park Unified School District
Ballard School District Bass Lake Joint Union Elementary School District
Bassett Unified School District Beaumont Unified School District
Bellflower Unified School District Bennett Valley School District
Big Creek School District Big Oak Flatt/Groveland Unified School District
Big Valley Joint Unified School District Biggs Unified School District
Black Butte Union Elementary School District Bonny Doon Union Elementary School District
Bonsall Unified School District Brisbane School District
Burlingame School District Butte Valley Unified School District
Buttonwillow Union School District Cajon Valley Unified School District
Calaveras Unified School District Caliente Union School District
Calipatria Unified School District Canyon Elementary School District
Capistrano Unified School District Carpinteria Unified School District
Cascade Union Elementary School District Centralia Elementary School District
Ceres Unified School District Charter Oak Unified School District
Chatom Union School District Chico Unified School District
Chula Vista Elementary School District Clovis Unified School District
Coachella Valley Unified School District Coast Unified School District
Coffee Creek Elementary School District Colton Joint Unified School District
Columbine Elementary School District Compton Unified School District
Contra Costa County Office of Education Corcoran Unified School District
Corona-Norco Unified School District Covina-Valley Unified School District
Cutler-Orosi Joint Unified School District Del Mar Union School District
Dehesa School District Denair Unified School District
Downey Unified School District Dinuba Unified School District
Durham Unified School District East Side Union High School District
El Segundo Unified School District Edison Elementary School District
Escondido Union School District Elk Grove Unified School District
Exeter Unified School District Evergreen School District
Fallbrook Union Elementary School District Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District
Feather Falls Union Elementary School District Fillmore Unified School District
Fontana Unified School District Foresthill Union School District
Forestville Union School District Fort Bragg Unified School District
Fountain Valley School District Fowler Unified School District
Fremont Unified School District Fullerton School District
Garden Grove Unified School District Glendora Unified School District
Glendale Unified School District Guerneville School District
Goleta Union School District Hawthorne School District
Hamilton Unified School District Hope School District
Hayward Unified School District Imperial Unified School District
Hueneme Elementary School District Jacoby Creek School District
Indian Springs School District Jamul-Dulzura Union School District
Jamestown School District Kelseyville Unified School District
Julian Union School District Kerman Unified School District
Kirkwood Elementary School District Klamath-Trinity Joint Unified School District
Kings County Office of Education Lancaster School District
Lake Tahoe Unified School District Los Angeles Unified School District
Latrobe School District Lindsay Unified School District
Linden Unified School District Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District
Little Lake City School District Long Beach Unified School District
Loma Prieta Joint Union School District Lost Hills Union School District
Los Alamitos Unified School District Mammoth Unified School District
Luther Burbank School District Marysville Joint School District
Maple Elementary School District Maxwell Unified School District
Mattole Unified School District Menifee Union School District
McSwain Union Elementary School District Merced River School District
Merced City School District Montague Elementary School District
Monrovia Unified School District Montebello Unified School District
Monte Rio Union School District Moreno Valley Unified School District
Moraga School District Mount Shasta Union School District
Morongo Unified School District Mt. Valley Unified School District
Mountain Empire Unified School District Murrieta Valley Unified School District
Mt. Diablo Unified School District New Hope Elementary School District
Natomas Unified School District Newman Crows-Landing Unified School District
Newhall School District North County Joint Union School District
Newport Mesa Unified School District Oak Grove School District
North Monterey CountyUnified School District Oak Valley Union Elementary School District
Oak Park Unified School District Orange Unified School District
Oakley Union Elementary School District Pacifica School District
Outside Creek School District Parlier Unified School District
Palmdale School District Paso Robles Public Schools
Pasadena Unified School District Perris Elementary School District
Penn Valley Union Elementary School District Pierce Joint Unified School District
Petaluma City Schools Pittsburg Unified School District
Piner-Olivet Union School District Placer Hills Union School District
Placentia Yorba Linda Unified School District Pollock Pines Elementary School District
Placerville Elementary School District Pope Valley Union Elementary School District
Pond Union School District Red Bluff Union Elementary School District
Ravenswood City School District Reed Union School District
Redlands Unified School District Rincon Valley Union School District
Rialto Unified School District Rio School District
Rio Dell School District Romoland School District
Riverbank Unified School District Round Valley Joint Elementary School District
Rosemead School District Salida Union School District
Sacramento City Unified School District San Bernardino City Schools
Salinas City Elementary School District San Jacinto Unified School District
San Diego Unified School District San Leandro Unified School District
San Juan Unified School District San Luis Coastal Unified School District
San Lorenzo Valley Unified School District Sanger Unified School District
San Ramon Valley Unified School District Santa Clara Unified School District
Santa Clara Elementary School District Santa Maria-Bonita School District
Santa Cruz City High School and Elementary School Districts Santa Rita Union School District
Santa Paula Unified School District Saugus Union School District
Santee School District Semitropic Elementary School District
Scotts Valley Unified School District San Francisco Unified School District
Sequoia Union Elementary School District Solano County Office of Education
Sierra Sands Unified School District Sonora School District
Soledad Unified School District Southern Trinity Joint Unified School District
Southside Elementary School District St. Helena Unified School District
Standard School District Stockton Unified School District
Stony Creek Joint Unified School District Sunnyvale School District
Susanville School District Sylvan Union School District
Tehachapi Unified School District Temecula Valley Unified School District
Templeton Unified School District Thermalito Union Elementary School District
Three Rivers School District Torrance Unified School District
Tres Pinos Union Elementary School District Tulare City School District
Tulelake Basin Joint Unified School District Turlock Unified School District
Vacaville Unified School District Val Verde Unified School District
Vaile Lindo School District Vallejo City Unified School District
Victor Elementary School District Visalia Unified School District
Vista Del Mar Union School District Vista Unified School District
Washington Unified School District – Fresno Washington Union School District
Waterford Unified School District Weaver Union School District
West Park Elementary School District Westminster Elementary School District
Wheatland School District Whittier City School District
Wilmar Union Elementary School District Wilsona School District
Wiseburn Unified School District Woodlake Unified School District
Woodland Joint Unified School District Yreka Union School District
Yuba City Unified School District Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District

Special Thanks

This report benefits from the counsel and support of the Special Project Team and many other contributors involved with the California Attorney General’s Truancy project.

Thanks to the following individuals in the California Department of Justice for their contributions to this report: Daniel Suvor, Chief of Policy; Shannon Hovis, Policy Analyst; David Beltran, Communications Director; Kristin Ford, Press Secretary; Rachele Huennekens, Deputy Press Secretary; Jamie Romas, Executive Speechwriter; Jennifer King, Executive Assistant; Sonja Diaz, Special Deputy Attorney General; Michael Newman, Supervising Deputy Attorney General; Nathan Guttman, Deputy Attorney General; Ben Chida, Attorney Advisor; Rowena Aquino, Assistant to the Chief Deputy Attorney General; Patty Mar, Assistant to the Associate Attorney General; Sue Feldmann, Staff Services Manager II; Drew Spence, Briefing Document Coordinator; Jonathon Bertran-Harris, Briefing Document Coordinator; Gerrell Johnson, Executive Assistant; Will Williams, Briefing Coordinator; Justin Ito, Daniel Shiah, Johnathan Elmore, Timm Le, and Curtis Dao, Website Design Team; Mitchell Pryor, Tricia Morgensen, and Billy Cowan, Communications and Imaging Resource Center; Markel Guidry, Gabriella Stern, Marina Hunt, Rodney Nickens, and Brandi Robinson, Legal Research Interns; Kimberly Johnson, Lande Watson, Rochelle Ballantyne, Sophie Khan, and Rachel Cohen Sidley, Undergraduate Office Interns.

Attorney General Harris is also grateful to our invaluable partners – The Ad Council, Attendance Works, California Association of African American Superintendents and Administrators, California Department of Education, The California Endowment, California School-Based Health Alliance, Children Now, the Education Trust-West, Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, and Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce – for their generous support and feedback on this report.

In addition, special thanks are extended to: Hedy Chang, Director, Attendance Works; Cecelia Leong, Associate Director, Attendance Works; Brian Lee, California State Director, Fight Crime: Invest in Kids; Brad Strong, Senior Director, Education Policy, Children Now; Barbara Raymond, Director, Schools & Neighborhoods Policy, The California Endowment; Will Ing, Program Manager, The California Endowment; Kate Emanuel, Senior Vice President, Nonprofit and Government Relations, The Ad Council; Ryan Smith, Executive Director, The Education Trust-West; Gordon Jackson, Assistant Superintendent, California Department of Education; David Kopperud, State School Attendance Review Board Chairperson, California Department of Education; Elizabeth Dearstyne, Administrator, Principal Apportionment and Special Education Office, School Fiscal Services Division; Marc Riera, Data Reporting Office, California Department of Education; Masha Lutsuk, School Fiscal Services Division; Jenny Singh, Administrator, Academic Accountability Unit, California Department of Education; The Honorable Linda Hurst, San Luis Obispo County Superior Court; The Honorable Judge Carolyn Caietti, San Diego Superior Court; Christine Cleary, Center for Families, Children & the Courts, Operations and Programs Division; Joanna Fox, Southeast Regional Manager, Talent Development Implementation Center, John Hopkins University; Elizabeth Dabney, Associate Director, Research and Policy Analysis, Data Quality Campaign; Kay Warfield, Education Administrator, Prevention and Support Services, Alabama State Department of Education; Peter Wright, Policy & Programs Officer III, California School Boards Association; Dwight Bonds, Executive Director, California Association of African-American Superintendents & Administrators; Lisa Eisenberg, Senior Policy Analyst, California School-Based Health Alliance; Laura Farris, Intern, California School-Based Health Alliance; Brent Lloyd, Vice President, Eagle Software; Camden Iliff, Director of Programming, Eagle Software.