LAUSD and other school districts nationwide are still trying to figure out the whereabouts of children who did not return to school after the pandemic.
While the Bay Area had modest school enrollment growth over the past 20 years, suburban districts saw an influx of new students while city districts lost thousands as families sought affordable housing.
School district administrators discuss some ways to increase attendance and enrollment, through porch visits or creating a district-run homeschooling option.
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Once past Covid disruptions, many school districts face a long-term predicament: budget cuts forced by projected declines in enrollment.
School districts seeing major enrollment and attendance drops fear substantial funding cuts in the 2022-23 school year.
Some parents are also opting for preschool because a more familiar environment offers comfort during the pandemic.
The state does not require taking attendance while campuses are closed, but teachers are finding innovative ways to stay in touch with students.
More than 1 in 10 students statewide were chronically absent from school in 2017-18. Rates for students in marginalized groups much higher than the state average.
Nearly 8 million students nationwide were chronically absent during the 2015-16 school year; California accounted for more than 760,000 of those children.
Half of chronically absent K-5 students are found in 20 percent of districts.
The new data map is based on information collected by the federal Office for Civil Rights.
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UC is being asked to increase the number of California students it enrolls.