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Comptroller: 19% Of High School Students In N.Y. Struggle With Attendance

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A recent audit of high schools in New York by State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli shows that nearly 19 percent of students in the state’s public school districts were considered chronically absent during the 2016-17 school year.

Chronic absenteeism is defined as missing at least 10 percent of enrolled school days in a year for any reason – excused or unexcused.

According to the U.S. Department of Education, the effects of chronic absenteeism increase the chances that students will drop out, which has been linked to increased rates of poverty and poor health.

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