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Missing just a few days of class in sixth grade can predict whether you’ll graduate from high school. That research is behind a national anti-dropout effort, and its impact at two Seattle middle schools was the subject of a Thursday story from Education Lab reporter Claudia Rowe.
On Friday, we hosted a live chat about attendance with Denny Middle School Principal Jeff Clark; the school’s City Year mentor, Becka Gross; and Robert Balfanz, senior research scientist at Johns Hopkins University, who has studied the consequences of absenteeism for thousands of American students.
Scroll through the feed above to see a replay of the conversation.
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