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Federal effort to combat chronic absenteeism at schools

from The Associated Press

The Obama administration is appealing to schools to help cut chronic absenteeism by providing mentors and other support for students who miss too much classroom time — instead of suspending or expelling them. It's one of the steps the administration outlined in a new effort announced to keep kids from habitually missing school. An estimated 5 million to 7.5 million students are chronically absent each year. Students are considered chronically absent if they missed at least 18 days in a school year — so nearly a month of school, or about 10 percent of the school year. more

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