Documentation of school attendance dates back to the beginning of the Ohio common schools in 1822. Throughout the decades, some students have been honored with perfect attendance award; hence schools have always emphasized the importance of attendance. Truant officers have typically been a part of the common school system since the beginning. Bona fide educators have always stressed the importance of regular attendance.
All of this is in contrast to the ECOT mindset.
William L. Phillis, Ohio Coalition for Equity & Adequacy of School Funding