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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.

January 21, 2014

Oklahoma Redefines 'Full Time' Students to Allow for Several Missed Weeks

The state's department of education is creating a rule that will make teachers accountable for students who might be absent for the first several weeks of the school year.

January 06, 2014

The Polar Vortex Is Just Another Thorn in Chicago's Side

Chicago schools find themselves closed for another weather-related difficulty, but it's just one more woe for a district continually struggling with attendance.

December 26, 2013

Kentucky Panel's Proposals Could Take Truancy Offenses Out of Courts

A Kentucky task force has recommended changes to the state's justice system that could reduce youth incarceration rates in part by limiting court involvement for offenses like truancy.

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