Louisiana sets stricter, standardized school-absence policy

09/21/2009 | Advocate (Baton Rouge, La.), The

Louisiana schools are toughening their stance on truancy, reducing the allowable number of annual unexcused absences for public high-school students from 15 to 10. A state education official said the change was meant to impress upon students the need for good attendance, both at school and in their careers. The policy also standardizes the state's accepted reasons for excused absences to eliminate confusion and inconsistency at school districts.

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