WEAA-FM interviewed assistant director of advocacy Jessica Rae for a news feature about the difficulties Baltimore City students face getting to school. Not Present or Accounted For: The Attendance Crisis in Baltimore Schools also included interviews with several children in the Youth Achieving Potential program directed by Rae.
“What we find when we speak to the young people we work with, one of the biggest issues they’re worried about is education and access to school,” Jessica said in her interview. “When we talk about why they can’t get to school, they talk about buses driving past them, or not picking them up. They talk about what a hassle it is to get to school. They talk about being tired in school and unsuccessful, and obviously that’s a barrier that we would like to remove.”