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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...

Matan Avissar, senior

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Shalin Bhatia
Avissar smiles in his AP Environmental Science class.

Senior Matan Avissar has been a kicker and punter for the Midtown football team since his sophomore year. His favorite part of playing was the satisfaction that came with punting, but he also enjoyed the community that the team fostered.

“One time, we went out and we picked up garbage for community service, which was really heartwarming,” Avissar. “The football team brought together parents and created a tight-knit community, and I enjoyed bonding with fellow players. I’m going to miss the team when I leave Midtown.”

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Shalin Bhatia
Shalin Bhatia, Editor in Chief
Shalin is in his fourth year of the Journalism pathway and is in his third year on the Southerner staff, serving as the Editor in Chief over the News Section. Besides writing stories, Shalin is a member of the Speech and Debate team and plays for the tennis team. He is very excited to help lead the staff this year.

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