Missing School, Falling Behind

Nearly a third of students missed too much school in the latest school year.

Proposal would let school officials request a transfer to a neighborhood school if family outreach efforts don’t work.

Now district officials are considering punitive policies against severe absenteeism, such as making students repeat a grade.

The options vary based on where you live and which school the student attends.

Families typically try their best to get kids to school, interviews with parents and researchers show. If you know why absenteeism remains high, we want to hear your story.