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Stephen Liggon, the attendance counselor at Luke C. Moore High School in northeast D.C., is all set for the day ahead. He has a full tank of gas, a list of students who've missed a lot of school, and a map of the most fuel-efficient routes to their homes.
The students on Liggon's list have missed at least 10 days of school in unexcused absences. He's already called their parents and sent them registered letters. The home visit is the third course of action for students that are chronically absent.
"We do more visits than we have students," he says, laughing. "Last year we did over 300 visits and we had something like 250 kids."
When it comes to students dropping out of school, educators are most often held responsible. Yet, children spend most of their time outside school, and research shows students whose parents are involved are more likely to graduate. Many school districts, incl...
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