Chronic Absenteeism

Chalkbeat wants to hear from you. How has your relationship with your school community changed since the roller coaster ride of campus closures and openings?
A new partnership between Newark and the Devils Youth Foundation aims to raise attendance in four high schools.
In 2022, investigators found dozens of instances of sexual misconduct and abuse, schools mislabeling truants as transfers, a surge in overtime payments, and an end to automatic JROTC enrollment.
Only about 46% of the roughly 200 students enrolled in East River were attending daily as of November, officials said.
Chronic absenteeism in Illinois rose to about 30% from 17.5% in 2019. Educators, researchers, and advocates blame the rise in COVID-19 cases, mental health, and struggling to adjust to classrooms after remote learning.
For New York City’s nearly 30,000 students in shelters, getting to school is often a problem. Advocates are calling for an inter-agency task force focused on reducing chronic absenteeism among homeless kids.
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