Wis. educators focus on attendance to close achievement gap

Educators in north central Wisconsin say low-income students lag behind their peers who are from higher-income families because they attend school less frequently. Officials say they are taking steps to quickly identify students who are consistently absent. "Attendance is by far the No. 1 indicator of school success," said Chris Budnik, an assistant principal at Wausau East High School. "The kids need to be here to get an education."

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