Truancy rates in city's public schools drop for fifth straight year

logo.pngThe number of truant students in San Francisco's public schools dropped for the fifth year in a row, District Attorney George Gascon and school district officials announced Thursday.

The number of habitually or chronically absent students in San Francisco Unified School District schools dropped 12 percent in the past year and 38 percent since the 2007-08 school year, according to district officials.

Gascon was on hand with district Superintendent Richard Carranza and Board of Education President Norman Yee at Burton High School today to tout the latest numbers and announce a second year of an anti-truancy program at the school funded by the district attorney's office.

The program targets around 20 at-risk incoming ninth-graders who have been identified by the district's data as potential truants and provides individual case management at the campus by the YMCA's Truancy Assessment and Resource Center.

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