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posted 10/22/2018
If rural America has become the new “inner city,” then nowhere is this more apparent than in educational systems.

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posted 10/22/18

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We were about 30 seconds into our first look at the California Department of Education’s chronic absenteeism data when we knew what our story would be.
Butte County’s Oroville City Elementary School District, which has a suspension rate that is three times the statewide average, is under state investigation for its discipline policies and practices.
A “trauma-informed approach” puts students' behavior and performance in the context of their home lives and the trauma. Experts say it's part of the answer to reduce high rates of chronic absenteeism, which occurs in schools everywhere but is especially prevalent in rural areas.