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Following a successful pilot year, TAPP was reauthorized for the 2017-2019 biennium. On May 24 - 25, 2017, TAPP sites shared their strategies and successes for the first year of the TAPP Pilot.
The Oregon legislature set aside $1.55 million for the 2017-19 biennium to operate TAPP projects to reduce chronic absenteeism of native students in nine preselected Oregon school districts. TAPP specifically will enable participating districts to receive up to $155,000 for their family advocate position which has deep local connections to create school-wide initiatives to reduce chronic absenteeism.
The intent of the collaboration is to strengthen the links between Oregon tribes and the schools that serve enrolled tribal members. However, because this is a school-wide initiative it will positively impact the attendance of every student attending TAPP schools.
ODE will mount another broad-based messaging campaign (last year's campaign was TAPP posters) about the importance of school attendance, and provide technical support and training for the family advocates, and monitor and report on the effectiveness of TAPP.
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