Proving Ground's new partnership with the Brown's Foundation and the Ohio Department of Education is covered by Cleveland Metro School District.
Public schools in Canton, Maple Heights, East Cleveland and nine rural districts will receive support and resources to address chronic absenteeism, a nationwide problem. Ohio, like many other states, defines chronic absenteeism as missing at least 10 percent of the school year, or 18 days.
Campaign strategies that prove to be effective in those schools will serve as models for other network members. Districts can join the network for free.
CMSD kicked off Get 2 School, You Can Make It! in 2015, promoting the importance of attendance with billboards, yard signs and radio ads. The Browns have provided incentives for students and schools that improved attendance, including visits from players.