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Washington Post: Chronic truancy rates above 50 percent in D.C. high schools

March 9, 2015

The Washington Post reports on the release of Children’s Law Center and DC Lawyers for Youth’s report on the District’s truancy policy:

Despite intensified efforts to improve school attendance rates in D.C. Public Schools, more than half of high school students — 56 percent — were considered ”chronically truant” during the 2013-2014 school year, after accumulating 10 or more unexcused absences, according to a report scheduled to be released Monday by the Children’s Law Center and D.C. Lawyers for Youth.

The report makes six recommendations for how the District can improve its truancy policy and keep more kids in school and out of the courtroom.