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Empty Desks: Oregon’s Absenteeism Epidemic

Last school year, nearly one in five Oregon students missed at least 10 percent of the school year, an investigation by The Oregonian shows. Those roughly 100,000 students were absent 3½ weeks of school or more – in most cases without raising alarms at their school. No other state has been shown to have a chronic absenteeism rate as bad as Oregon’s.