Chronic Absenteeism: Public School's Forgotten Problem?

WAMU, American University Radio (NPR)

June 1, 2012


Up to 7.5 million students nationwide are chronically absent, a new report estimates. That means, those students miss at least 18 days of each school year. It's a problem that goes "unnoticed and unmeasured," experts says, because there's no federal database with a common definition of chronic absenteeism where data from every state is stored.
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