Nearly 32,000 — or approximately 1 in 8 — Chicago public school students in kindergarten through eighth grade missed four weeks of class or more during the 2010-11 school year, according to a Chicago Tribune investigation. The paper analyzed internal attendance data for about 247,000 elementary school students from 2010-11, the most recent figures available. It examined both excused and unexcused absences, as well as gaps in enrollment for students who remained in the district. Among the report’s findings: the trend of missed classroom time tends to begin early. During the 2010-11 school year, 19 percent of the...

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