Schools cajole, bribe and threaten to boost attendance

12/29/2005 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

With student absenteeism costing California schools as much as $40 per pupil per day in state funding, administrators are waging vigorous campaigns to encourage better attendance. Efforts include hiring truant officers, opening day-care centers for teenage mothers and offering prizes, ranging from iPods to Disneyland vacations, to students with near-perfect attendance.

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