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May 14, 2015

Should Mandatory "Seat Time" Requirements Exist?

Is mandatory seat time necessary for learning or is it just another antiquated hoop for students to jump through as they play school? What do you think?

April 02, 2015

Truancy: Balance Between Prevention, Discipline Has Long Been a Sticky Issue

Do criminal penalties for truancy help boost attendance or prevent dropouts? Policy debates have included the same concerns for decades.

April 01, 2015

Justice Department Will Investigate Dallas-Area Truancy Courts

A preliminary review by the Justice Department revealed that Dallas County prosecuted approximately 20,000 failure to attend school cases in 2014.

March 20, 2015

The Absolute Best School Climate Blogging (This Week): Bad Adult Behavior Edition

It's hard to teach kids to treat their peers with kindness when they see such a lack of empathy in adults. Plus, links on pre-k attendance, gender nonconformity and school dress codes, and more.

March 05, 2015

Too Many Texas Students Face Fines, Criminal Records for Truancy, Group Says

Sending students to court for missing school is counterproductive and overly punitive, an advocacy group says.

January 27, 2015

Chronic Absenteeism Challenges D.C. Public Schools' Preschool Program

The school system's early-childhood office requested research on preschool attendance, and found many of its most needy children are missing a substantial part of the school year.

January 07, 2015

Albuquerque Plans 'Truancy Blitz' to Curb Absenteeism in the District

The three-day blitz planned for later this month will engage the community and businesses in devising solutions and new intervention strategies. About 8 percent of Albuquerque's elementary school students have 10 or more unexcused absences in a year.

September 02, 2014

Attendance Affects Achievement: Study Provides State-by-State Look

A study by Attendance Works tracks the effects of absences on NAEP scores at a state-by-state level.

August 18, 2014

Shooting Protests Continue to Affect Schools in St. Louis Area

As unrest continues in the St. Louis suburb, three of four public school districts in the area, citing concern for students' and families' safety, decided to keep their doors closed to students on Monday.

July 28, 2014

School Discriminated Against Pregnant Student, Complaint Says

The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights issued guidance about schools' treatment of pregnant students in 2013.

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