Mar 21, 2024 - News

🍎 Stat du jour: 34K missing students

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Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

Just over 24% of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools students were chronically absent in the first two quarters of this school year, according to data obtained by Axios.

Why it matters: Students risk falling behind when they miss 10% of school days or more.

By the numbers: In 2022-23, 25.6% of CMS students were absent, according to the NC School Report Cards website. The rates were higher among students of color.

  • Economically disadvantaged students were 34.07% chronically absent.

Zoom out: Chronic student absenteeism is a national trend exacerbated by the pandemic.

  • Statewide, 26.73% of public school students were chronically absent in 2023.
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