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November 20, 2013 at 1:50 PM

Rewind: View a transcript of Friday’s chat on why attendance matters

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.

City Year mentor Becka Gross, right, walks with student Taylor Trimming to class earlier this week at Denny Middle School. (Photo by Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times)

City Year mentor Becka Gross, right, walks with student Taylor Trimming to class earlier this week at Denny Middle School. (Photo by Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times)

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.

Related post: Is it ever OK to let kids skip school?

Comments | More in Your voices | Topics: attendance, Becka Gross, Bob Balfanz

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