It's no secret that kids who aren't sitting in class aren't learning, and Detroit has the highest rate of chronic absenteeism in the country, according to a 2016 Associated Press report.
We hear policy recommendations and deep-dive discussions about how to boost school attendance, but, as first reported in Chalkbeat Detroit, one Detroit school has a different solution: a washing machine.
The A.L Holmes Academy of Blended Learning installed a washing machine at the school and yes, it has already made a difference.
Tammy Mitchell, principal of A.L Holmes Academy of Blended Learning, joined Stateside to explain.
Listen above to hear where the idea came from, the difference it's made, and what other schools can take away from this creative solution.