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Attendance Matters

Chronic Absenteeism in California

Attorney General Kamala D. Harris’s first statewide report on elementary school truancy and chronic absence, In School + On Track 2013, revealed that elementary school students who miss school are more likely to struggle academically1 and eventually to drop out of school altogether.2 Dropouts cost the state more than $46 billion dollars each year,3 including more than $1 billion in juvenile crime costs alone.4 Above all, districts and counties may not realize the true scope of their attendance problems because chronic absence is masked by an insufficient statewide infrastructure for tracking attendance in California.5  For the 2014 report, click link below.

Attorney General's 2014 Report on California's Elementary School Truancy and Absenteeism Crisis