Interestingly, the way this question was posed should be answered with a resounding YES. However, the way this bill is structured puts the pressure on the wrong areas — teachers are truly overworked as it is, and this seems like more burden on them. I am in support of federal education funds addressing chronic absenteeism, but the reasons it happens in many cases needs to be addressed by strengthening the American family, not giving teachers and administrators more to do. This is also an issue that can be better addressed on the state level, where individual states can determine the unique needs of their residents and address them accordingly. Could these funds be available to states instead, to implement into their own absenteeism programs that are more specific to that state’s education needs?