About 22 percent of Newark students have already missed six or more school days since September, according to newly released district data.
- Those roughly 8,000 students were considered "chronically absent" during the first three months of school.
- Of those students, about 3,200 were "severely chronically absent." They missed 10.5 days or more — the equivalent of more than two weeks of school.
- The absenteeism challenges come as Newark's new superintendent promises to improve school attendance.
- A board member recently said that more needs to be done: "If you have the data and you’re not using the data to change the situation, we won’t do any justice to our children in this district."