Pasadena Unified School District’s efforts to fight truancy paying off

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Monday, June 2, 2014

A school district-wide push to combat truancy appears to be paying off, according to truancy data obtained by this news organization.

Average daily attendance in the Pasadena Unified School District during fall semester of 2013 was higher than during the same period in 2012, according to the truancy data. The higher attendance equals more dollars for the district.

The increase will result in $222,000 in additional funds coming into the district just based on fall attendance data because students attended 5,584 more school days this fall semester compared to last year. Disbursal of state dollars for school districts is based on average daily attendance rates.

Eighteen percent of students had three or more full day unexcused absences in the fall of 2012/2013, according to the data. That figure decreased to 12 percent this fall.

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