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DC officials tracking freshmen to fight truancy

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District officials are studying 120 high school freshmen on the verge of becoming "chronic truants" to figure out why students are cutting class -- and how to stop them. "Truancy is almost always symptomatic of deeper issues in the community or at home," Mayor Vincent Gray said on Wednesday as he announced the seven-agency effort with Deputy Mayor for Education De'Shawn Wright. "By identifying...

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