Opinion: Truancy and Dollars

first_img First Heatwave Expected Next Week Community News COVER: Right Opinion: Truancy and Dollars By CAMERON TURNER Published on Friday, October 4, 2013 | 5:35 pm faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. I’ve never understood this notion of state and federal dollars being jeopardized when public schools face challenges in performance. The California Attorney General’s recent report on the statewide truancy crisis raised this issue yet again. According to the report, 25% of California kids are truant (absent or tardy half-an-hour or more without an excuse at least three times during the school year) every year. Because education money is linked to average daily attendance (ADA), school districts up and down the state lost $1.4 billion in the 2010-2011 school year.Truancy is a critical problem. It is linked to scholastic achievement, drop out rates, and crime. But I’m at a loss to understand how reducing school funding (which is already stretched thin) will improve the situation.Eric Sahakian, Pasadena’s director of child welfare, attendance and safety traced the Pasadena’s 49% rise in truancy to financial pressures put on families by the recession. Sahakian also cited “dramatic budget cuts” in staff tasked with reducing truancy. Withholding state money from local schools does nothing to address these complicated matters. Indeed, if budget cuts contribute to the problem, then responding with funding reductions seems counterintuitive.The Attorney General’s truancy report applauds the success of initiatives like PUSD’s Student Recovery Day, when volunteers visited the homes of truant students. Such programs enable school officials to understand the challenges faced by the struggling families Mr. Sahakian mentioned. Understanding those challenges could be invaluable in identifying the factors that make it difficult for some students to be in class, on time, every day.Thanks for listening. I’m Cameron Turner and that’s my two cents.For more information, visit http://oag.ca.gov/truancy Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Subscribe Community Newscenter_img HerbeautyRed Meat Is Dangerous And Here Is The ProofHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty11 Signs Your Perfectionism Has Gotten Out Of ControlHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyVictoria’s Secret Model’s Tips For Looking Ultra SexyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Tips To Rejuvenate Winter Dry, Chapped LipsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Easy Tips To Help You Reset Your Sleep ScheduleHerbeautyHerbeauty Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Business News Make a comment Top of the News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * More Cool Stuff 8 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it last_img read more

5 traits of a data-driven credit union

first_imgby: Peter KeersBig Data/Analytics is increasingly on the strategic radar for credit unions. Much of the focus, however, is on software tools alone. This is only a part of the picture. The underpinning of a successful Big Data/Analytics effort is creating a culture that supports a data-driven credit union.What is a data-driven credit union? In his forthcoming book, Creating a Data-Driven Organization, author Carl Anderson lists three characteristics of an organization that is NOT data driven:Reports past or present facts without much contextFails to explain why something has or has not occurredDoes not recommend what action to take in light of the informationAnderson defines a data-driven organization as having, “… the right processes and the right culture in place to augment or drive critical business decisions with [the right] analyses and so have a direct impact on the business.”He lists some traits credit unions must develop to become data-driven:Collect the Right DataThis means not only collecting relevant data. It also means the quality of the data (“cleanliness”) is supremely important.Data is Accessible and Queryable continue reading » 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more