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New Jersey: Almost 1/3 of kids 'chronically absent'; highest among SPED and others

Dec 18, 2017, NorthJersey.com: One in 10 students are chronically absent in New Jersey http://www.northjersey.com/story/news/education/2017/12/18/one-10-students-chronically-absent-new-jersey/961695001/ Nearly a third of students were “chronically absent” in the Cliffside Park and Manchester Regional school districts in the 2015-16 school year, meaning they missed at least 18 days of school. At the Community Charter School in Paterson, more than a quarter of the student body was marked chronically absent. The three school districts had the highest rates of students with excessive absences in Bergen and Passaic counties, according to a report released Monday by Advocates for Children of New Jersey. … The report shows that absences remain highest for certain groups of students, including those with special needs, homeless students and low-income students.