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Washington Post: Editorial: Countering abysmal truancy in DC schools

March 14, 2015

Children’s Law Center’s report on DC’s high truancy rates was the focus of an editorial in the Washington Post. The editorial quotes the report released last week by Children’s Law Center and DC Lawyers for Youth. The editorial quotes the report and urges city leadership to intensify their efforts to figure out which practices are effective and which may be counterproductive.

A report released this week by the Children’s Law Center and D.C. Lawyers for Youth faulted an approach it characterized as punishing rather than solving the problem. “Students miss school for many reasons, and a thoughtful approach is necessary,” the report said. “Unfortunately, the District’s current efforts to increase school attendance are not guided by evidence and ultimately fail students.”

Read the full editorial at the link below.