States with the highest percentage of chronically absent students

Newly released statistics from the U.S. Department of Education show that in 2013-14, more than 6 million public school students in the United States—13.1 percent of all students—were chronically absent during the year. The department defines chronic absenteeism as missing 15 days or more of school.

The department is bringing attention to chronic absenteeism because those students are cons

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