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Focus on Attendance Pays off

Principal: 'There's no substitute for the teaching that goes on in the classroom.'

He could have put the money into salaries: $250,000 would pay for three classroom teachers. But instead Berkeley school Superintendent Bill Huyett, invested in an extra high school administrator and staff with a single focus -- attendance.

The investment paid off, writes Jill Tucker in the San Francisco Chronicle.

Not only is attendance up, but the resulting Average Daily Attendance monies from the state -- $35 a pupil a day -- enabled the district to rescind layoff notices to 148 teachers.

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