'Chasers' go after truants, dropouts

“Chasers” track down missing students at Learning Works! in Pasadena, a charter school for dropouts, gang members, parolees and teen mothers. From Take Part Social Action Network:

Chasers also guide the 100 Learning Works! students who are on probation through the court system, take students to medical appointments and, if a student goes to jail, chasers stay in contact and re-enroll the kid upon release.

Learning Works! Charter School founder Mikala Rahn describes her campus as “a mix between a school and a safe zone.” She and the chasers “lead with relationship … One of the reasons people drop out in high school is there is no relationship. If I have a relationship with a kid, I can make him do algebra. If I don’t, I can’t make him do a damn thing.”

The school sends taxis to pick up mothers with infants less than 1 year old and provides on-site child care.

Speaking of getting kids to show up at school, Attendance Counts new site is up.

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