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June 12, 2013

Complaint: Truancy Policies in Dallas, Area Districts, Violate Civil Rights

The districts, which serve about 300,000 students, require federal intervention to close off one branch of the school-to-prison pipeline, the groups say.

April 04, 2013

New Report Cards Consider School Climate

In part driven by a federal grant program, more states are measuring schools' nonacademic attributes, including school climate and students' health.

April 03, 2013

Rhode Island Partnership Takes On Issue of Chronic Absences

Parents and community groups join forces in Providence, R.I., to reduce chronic absenteeism; 32 percent of students missed at least a month of school in 2011.

March 25, 2013

New PBS School Documentary '180 Days': A Grueling, Hopeful Journey

A new PBS documentary explores a year in the life of a traditional public school in Washington, D.C.

March 21, 2013

Sleeping Is for the Homeschooled

A new report on school start times shows homeschooled students match best with researcher recommendations. That's in no small part because of the short commute.

March 06, 2013

Leaders in Attendance, Discipline Reform, Restorative Justice Honored

The three leaders are working on the national, city, and school level to improve students' experiences at school—and to get them there in the first place.

March 05, 2013

NAEP: Student Absenteeism Hampers Test Scores

Background data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress add to the growing pile of evidence that student absenteeism can hamstring a district's performance on the test dubbed the "Nation's Report Card."

January 24, 2013

Asthma, Linked to Reduced Achievement, Rising Among Children

Asthma has been linked to higher rates of school absenteeism, and from there to lower grades and test scores, although it may not be the sole reason behind low student achievement.

January 10, 2013

Court Allows Transfer of Texas Student Who Won't Use Tracking Chip

A federal judge allowed a school to transfer out a student whose parents objected to her being part of an anti-truancy student-tracking program.

January 04, 2013

It's 10 a.m.: Do You Know Where Your Students Are?

The Austin school district is finding early success with a new anti-truancy program that tracks students with GPS, but only after gaining consent from those students and their parents.

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