One thing is for certain, it will take a concerted effort to reverse the trend. Parents, teachers, school administrators, government officials, community leaders and, of course, students, all must share in the effort. While challenging, reducing student absences is a solvable problem that takes hard work and ingenuity as Mr. Rondeau can attest. Our organization, Stocks in the Future, is working to improve the attendance and performance of middle school students in underserved areas who have high absentee rates. How? Through a partnership with Johns Hopkins University and support from the Bernstein Family Foundation we have developed a curriculum that teaches students financial literacy skills with a focus on investing.