Empty-desk epidemic

Number 25620
Subject Education
Source Chicago Tribune
State Illinois
Year 2012
Publication Date 11/11/2012; 11/12/2012; 11/13/2012
Summary For years, Chicago officials published upbeat statistics that masked a crisis in the city's schools: Nearly 32,000 of the city's K-8 grade students — or roughly 1 in 8 —miss a month or more of class per year, while others simply vanish from school without a trace. This devastating pattern of absenteeism, which disproportionately affects African-Americans and children with disabilities, came to light only after Chicago Tribune reporters dug it out during a years-long FOIA battle to obtain internal district data.
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Keywords K-12 education; schools; absenteesim; Chicago; statistics manipulation
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