Be A Middle School Mentor http://wesa.fm en Approaching Solutions for Chronic Absence http://wesa.fm/post/approaching-solutions-chronic-absence <p>In order for a student to be considered “chronically absent” they have to have missed 10 to 19 days of classes throughout the school year. In many cases, people are tempted to play the blame game and think teachers and administrators are not holding up their end of the bargain when it comes to keeping kids in school.</p><p>Dr. Linda Lane, superintendent of the Pittsburgh Public Schools, feels that “both the communities, the families and schools need to find common ground.” That common ground, she says is that everyone wants the kids to do well. Wed, 28 Aug 2013 21:18:53 +0000 Katie Martin 15617 at http://wesa.fm Approaching Solutions for Chronic Absence Pittsburgh Mentor Program Expands http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-mentor-program-expands <p>The largest mentoring program in Pittsburgh area is getting a little bit bigger.</p><p>The “Be a 6<sup>th</sup> Grade Mentor” program has become “Be a Middle School Mentor.”</p><p>Due to the program’s success in the last four years, the United Way of Allegheny County is expanding it to include children in grades six through eight.</p><p>Damon Bethea, mentoring projects director at the United Way, said the mentors asked for the program's expansion.</p> Mon, 19 Aug 2013 07:00:00 +0000 Michael Lynch 14799 at http://wesa.fm