New CMS Superintendent Addresses Chronic Absences

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CHARLOTTE, NC — The new superintendent of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools wants to crack down on kids who skip class.

Superintendent Ann Clark says the number of chronic absences is up about two percent in low-income elementary and middle schools.  Those students typically miss 18 days a year.

“This is not just about the student,” said Clark.  “This is about the adult that is responsible for that student, and helping that adult understand that a five-year-old has no choice but to get on a bus and go to school.”

18 schools in the district participate in truancy court.  Clark hopes to expand the program.