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Students missing too much school, union president says



Some students already have missed 40 or more school days this year, Kim Black, president of the Pinellas Classroom Teachers Association, told the School Board today.

“It’s an urgent issue for us,” Black said.

Chronic absenteeism is defined as missing more than 21 days of school. State data says that about 13 percent of students in Pinellas County public schools fall into that category. Teachers are being evaluated based on students they haven't seen, she said. 

Black has been bringing up the problem for some time. She raised it with former superintendent John Stewart last year. In response, the district held a community forum in St. Petersburg.

Since then, there hasn’t been any noticeable action by school officials. Black said she’d like an update on district efforts.

[Last modified: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 4:15pm]


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