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Herrera Beutler, Ryan introduce legislation to combat school absenteeism


September 11, 2019

U.S. Representatives Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA) and Tim Ryan (D-OH) Thursday introduced the bipartisan Chronic Absenteeism Reduction for Every School (CARES) Act, H.R. 4220. Chronic absenteeism is defined as missing ten percent or more of the school year and has been found to negatively impact school performance, high school graduation rates, and overall student success into adulthood.

The Department of Education found that nearly 8 million students were chronically absent during the 2015-2016 school year. This makes up 15 percent of the total student population and is especially concerning since students who are chronically absent are 68 percent less likely than other students to gradu...

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