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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.

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