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Columbus, OH: 30% of students are "chronically absent" in some OH schools

Sept 10, 2017, The Columbus (OH) Dispatch: 1 in 6 central Ohio schools has chronic attendance problems http://www.dispatch.com/news/20170910/1-in-6-central-ohio-schools-has-chronic-attendance-problems At 1 in 10 public schools in America, 30 percent or more of the students are chronically absent. At another tenth of schools, 20 to 29 percent are gone too often. In central Ohio, one-sixth of all schools find themselves in that most extreme category, of 30 percent or more of their students not consistently attending school. Ohio is taking steps to address the issue with a new law in effect this school year that requires school districts to work with parents to try to correct the problem, using an intervention team if necessary…. A Dispatch analysis of 2015-16 state Department of Education data for central Ohio shows a huge range: from nearly 8 in 10 students chronically missing classes at Columbus Scioto 6-12 school for special-needs children to fewer than 1 in 100 students at Westerville’s Alcott and Robert Frost elementary schools.