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Taking on Truancy To Reduce School Dropouts

Woody Allen once said that 80 percent of success is showing up. But chronically absent kids don't seem to agree. Now some local schools are taking a more holistic approach to combating chronic truancy, which includes more home visits, phone calls and targeted classes to teach parents how to deal with children skipping school.

Share Your Stories With The Kojo Nnamdi Show

We want to learn more about issues facing parents of children in the Washington region. If you're the parent or guardian of school-aged kids, share your stories with us about your experience with local school districts. We're particularly interested in how you've dealt with the annual out-of-boundary admissions process.

Audio Slideshow:Riding Along With A DCPS Attendance Counselor


From Trembling Teacher To Seasoned Mentor: How Tim Gunn Made It Work

Gunn, the mentor to young designers on Project Runway, has been a teacher and educator for decades. But he spent his childhood "absolutely hating, hating, hating, hating school," he says.

How Do We Get To Love At 'First Bite'?

It's the season of food, and British food writer Bee Wilson has a book on how our food tastes are formed. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with her about her new book, "First Bite: How We Learn to Eat."

Osceola At The 50-Yard Line

The Seminole Tribe of Florida works with Florida State University to ensure it that its football team accurately presents Seminole traditions and imagery.

Reviving Payoff For Prediction – Of Terrorism Risk

Could an electronic market where people bet on the likelihood of attacks deter terrorism? NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Stephen Carter about the potential for a terror prediction market.

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