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How Harsh Discipline and Chronic Absenteeism Could Be About to Collide Under the Every Student Succeeds Act

As more states rate schools based on how many of their students are chronically absent, policymakers must consider harsh discipline practices, an issue at the fore in education circles as the Education Department considers whether to revoke federal guidance on disparate discipline.

In the end, an absence is an absence, whether it’s because a student is sick, disinterested in school, or suspended, district leaders and advocates said at a forum at the Brookings Institution on expanded accountability under the Every Student Succeeds Act.


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