Although truancy has traditionally been aligned with middle and high school students, officials have turned their attention to the growing number of elementary school students who have been categorized as truant. (Courtesy photo)
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A study on truancy released Tuesday — coinciding with results from a year-old anti-truancy program at District's public schools — shows that nearly four out of five District families who participated in voluntary truancy-prevention programs saw an increase in school attendance for their children.
More than a year after a meeting at Anne Beers Elementary School in Southeast where city leaders, parents and community activists struggled to come to terms with the schools' burgeoning student absenteeism and truancy rates, little progress has been made lowering the numbers.