9/16/2008

A Connecticut district that during the 2007-08 school year brought to court the parents of 87 chronically truant students from two schools will expand the program to two more buildings after drastically reducing unexcused absences. The district found parental mental-health and poverty played a role as did extended vacations, but the most frequent cause for absences was found to be children's asthma attacks, so the judge worked with the district to put parents in touch with clinics and other medical resources to help address their children's condition.

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