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Did anyone at the ODE evaluate how the quality of a student's home life affects rates of chronic absenteeism? Do children of single parents have higher rates of absenteeism? What about children whose parents are members of historically oppressed and underrepresented racial or ethnic identity groups? Is there a connection between a parent's lack of interest in their child's schooling and low expectations regarding academic achievement, on the one hand, and chronic absenteeism on the other? Parental educational and income levels?

Regarding the report's treatment of students who are be gay, lesbian or bisexual or who identify as trans or, preposterously, "queer," what can possibly have motivated the authors to cut corners and overstate the problems affecting those kids? In academia, researchers who do that can suffer career damaging reputational harm. Who is going to hold the individuals who cooked the gay/trans piece of this report accountable?

In the interest of full disclosure, I happen to be gay but I'm highly critical of wokeness and its pink and blue cousin, trans ideology. I would have thought that with the tremendous emphasis in Oregon schools today on affirming and welcoming gay and trans youth that bullying would be relatively infrequent. Of course, it would be just like the ODE to mount a massive campaign for the benefit of trans and gay kids and then fail to follow up on whether or not the programming is actually improving kids' school experiences.

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