Report shows “chronic absence” down in Oakland, but still a problem

Rebecca Brown, Principal Nima Tahai, and Hedy Chang discuss a new report about attendance in Oakland Schools. Photo by Ryan Phillips.

Rebecca Brown, Principal Nima Tahai, and Hedy Chang discuss a new report about attendance in Oakland Schools. Photo by Ryan Phillips.

Chronic absence, when a student misses 10% of the days in a school year, is on the decline in Oakland public schools. But there’s still a long way to go. Oakland North Radio brings us the accounts of youth, staff, and researchers on reasons students miss school, why it matters, and what can be done to get kids in their seats.

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