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State tackles problem of kids missing school

State tackles problem of kids missing school

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced a new campaign intended to reduce chronic absenteeism at schools.

Cuomo on Tuesday said the “Every Student Present” public awareness campaign will stress the need to be in school to avoid falling behind.

Led by the Council on Children and Families, the campaign will educate parents, help schools identify chronically absent students and explore ways to support those students and their families.

The advocacy group Attendance Works says about one in 10 students misses at least 10 percent of school each year, and as many as four in 10 kindergarten and first-grade students miss a month of school. Those younger students tend to fall behind in reading.

Experts say the reasons for chronic absenteeism include illnesses like asthma, transportation problems and academic failure.

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