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Missing Class: Student Truancy in D.C.

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D.C. Chief of Police Cathy Lanier (front, left); State Superintendent Hosanna Mahaley(front, center); and DCPS acting Chancellor Kaya Henderson (front, right) discuss truancy at a conference in March.
Kavitha Cardoza
D.C. Chief of Police Cathy Lanier (front, left); State Superintendent Hosanna Mahaley(front, center); and DCPS acting Chancellor Kaya Henderson (front, right) discuss truancy at a conference in March.

Sometimes you shouldn't come out and play...like if you're supposed to be in school. Twenty percent of D.C. school children are truant, so community leaders are coming together to try and reduce that percentage. But as education reporter Kavitha Cardoza tells host Rebecca Sheir, this conversation is the same one they've been having for years. So what's to be done?

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