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State-by-state look at chronic absenteeism across America

from The Associated Press via U.S. News & World Report

It's a challenge to teach children who aren't in class — and new government numbers show more than 6.5 million students were absent for at least three weeks of the school year. The problem was particularly acute in Washington, D.C., where nearly a third of students were absent 15 days or more in a single school year, according to an Associated Press analysis of Education Department data. Washington state and Alaska weren't that far behind, with absentee rates hovering around a quarter of students. Florida had the lowest rate of absences: 4.5 percent of students in the state were chronically missing school. more

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