One in five students who attend public school experience some type of mental health concern — but only about 20 percent of them receive the help and support they need, leaving millions of kids untreated nationwide.
Students of color face inequities in educational opportunity throughout their academic careers.
“I was born into cycles of violence, alcoholism and drugs, and it wasn’t until I came to prison that I learned how to read and write,” a student in the Odyssey Project testified. “I fell in love with the worlds that words built.”
Madison public schools suffer from teacher shortages and an inability to retain them in their positions as state legislators struggle to find solutions.
As unexcused absences in Madison middle schools continue to rise, researches determine that academic achievement may not be as directly related to attendance as previously thought.