Jon Baird

LAUSD Superintendent Tackles Chronic Classroom Absences

September 07, 2018 - 9:09 am

(KNX 1070) - The Los Angeles Unified School District's Superintendent is knocking on doors this morning trying to woo chronically absent kids back to class.

There’s a lot at stake.

LA Unified lost $630 million in state revenues because of a big chunk of all its students. More than 80,000 students were chronically absent. Chronically absent means missing 15 days or more of school.

KNX 1070S Jon Baird is live:

More than 14 percent of all students who go to L.A. Unified schools are described as chronically absent. 

Superintendent Austin Beutner wants to get them back into the classroom. 

He's declared Friday "Attendance Matters Day" and Beutner plans to go door-to-door this morning, trying to track-down kids who ditch class.

The absences are costing L.A. Unified millions of dollars in state funding.

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