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Atlanta Public Schools plans to focus on chronic absenteeism, missing any school, instead of truancy, unexcused absences. This takes the focus off of the legal process and onto the academic impact.
Georgia school districts deal with spiking chronic absenteeism
Brennan FrittsMay 16, 2024

Chronic absenteeism, a condition where a student misses 10% or more of a school year, has spiked in Georgia since COVID-19. Pre-COVID, Atlanta...

Shawn Smith, senior

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Abby Hyken
Senior Shawn Smith is excited to perform in an upcoming play, the “Trap” and “The Prom” the musical.

Senior Shawn Smith has a passion for theater and has been acting since Kindergarten. After transferring to Midtown in his junior year, he starred as Amos in Midtown’s performance of “Chicago” in the spring. Now, he is preparing to perform in “Trap”, the fall play and the musical, “The Prom”.

“Being a new student, I’m glad I’ve found a place in the Midtown theater community,” Smith said. “I’m excited for upcoming shows and my senior year performances.”

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Abby Hyken is a senior and the comment section Editor in Chief. She is a fourth-year writer for the paper and is excited to write for the Southerner this year. When she's not writing, she's competing for Midtown’s Public Forum debate team and spending time with friends and family.

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