NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A new report finds that about 10 percent of New Jersey’s students from kindergarten through 12th grade are chronically absent from school and risk falling behind in their educations.
The report released Wednesday by the group Advocates for Children of New Jersey studied state data on excused and unexcused absences among public school students for the 2013-14 school year.READ MORE: Mural Arts Philadelphia Says Well-Known Work In Manayunk Painted Over Without Permission
About 125,000 students missed at least 18 days of school, or 10 percent of class days.
The group says that students who miss that much school are at risk of falling behind.READ MORE: Justice Department Proposal Making It Harder To Buy Parts To Make Ghost Guns Brings Hope To Fighting Philly's Epidemic
A range of reasons was given for absenteeism, from bad weather to fear of showing up to class with a dirty uniform.
Kindergarteners and high school seniors were the most likely to miss more than 18 days of school.MORE NEWS: Craft Beer Among New Additions To Burlington County Farmers Market's 15th Season
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