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Chronic absenteeism: Kids are skipping class more and more

Students are filing back into cafeterias, gymnasiums and classrooms — but not as many as before. In the last three years, absenteeism has gone up and up nationally and locally. More and more students aren’t showing up to class consistently. To better understand this concerning trend we turn to WTOP Reporter Kate Ryan, who formerly taught high school at Montgomery County Public Schools. Ryan tells us what is going on here, why it matters, and what’s being done to reverse chronic absenteeism.

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