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Chronic Truancy Rates Above 50 Percent in D.C. High Schools

Despite intensified efforts to improve school attendance rates in D.C. Public Schools, more than half of high school students — 56 percent — were considered ”chronically truant” during the 2013-2014 school year, after accumulating 10 or more unexcused absences, according to a report scheduled to be released Monday by the Children’s Law Center and D.C. Lawyers for Youth.

The report found that schools are overwhelmed by new legal requirementsdesigned to crack down on truancy and struggling to provide required services to students before they are referred to courts.