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

Dec 18, 2017, One in 10 students are chronically absent in New Jersey 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.