It’s crunch time for Missouri school districts trying to reach state-mandated attendance goals.
The phone rings constantly in the attendance office at King Elementary, one of the Kansas City Public Schools where attendance is below the district average.
An out-of-breath Donetta Stuart describes the morning she’s had – and it’s only 9 o’clock.
“Normally when we miss the bus stop, I take her to the next bus stop, but her daddy didn’t do that. It was crazy. We had a crazy day,” she says.