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Roll call: 15 percent of K-12 students chronically absent from school

from U.S. News & World Report

More than 8 million children — or about 15 percent of all K-12 students — were chronically absent from school during the 2015-16 academic year, the latest federal data show. The phenomenon, as defined by missing 15 or more days of the school year, is worse in some parts of the country than others: In eight states and the District of Columbia, for example, more than 20 percent of all students were chronically absent. The biggest offenders included D.C. and Maryland, where 31 percent and 29 percent of students, respectively, were truant. more

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