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Charter schools paid millions for absent students

An investigation by Thomas Hargrove and Gavin Off of Scripps News Service found that "taxpayers pay millions of dollars every month to educate tens of thousands of high school students who rarely or never show up for class, part of a growing trend of high absenteeism at privately operated schools."  Most charter schools are funded based on enrollment as opposed to attendance, thus they still draw funds even when truancy rates are high.  The worst case in the U.S. was a school in Cincinnati where daily absence rates were at 64 percent during the 2004-2005 school year.

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