Truant in Richmond

WaPo yesterday has a piece on a UVa truancy study that is based on USDOE’s 2014 “civil rights” database.

Here is one eye-opener from the study:

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Note: The Feds count as “chronic” an absence of fifteen or more school days, whether excused or not.  Fifteen days is 8.3% of the statutory 180 day school year.

In fact, the Richmond situation is worse in some places (and much better in others) than the UVa figure suggests:

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Do you wonder that Richmond has stopped posting its truancy numbers and, particularly, the numbers of court cases that are required by state law after the seventh unexcused absence?