Still Absent in Richmond

A recent study from The University reminds us that Richmond still has a terrible problem with truancy.

The study’s 2015 data on “chronic” absences (10% or more, nominally 18 of 180 days) show Richmond with more than double the state rate.


Forty-five percent of twelfth graders were absent more than three and a half weeks out of that year!

Richmond stopped posting its truancy data two years ago.  A Freedom of Information Act request this spring disclosed that they are not even keeping records.

For sure, the upcoming Division Level Academic Review of the Richmond system must deal with truancy abatement and compliance with Code § 22.1-258 and full reporting on the results.