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Absenteeism still testing Malheur school districts

By John L. Braese

The Enterprise

ONTARIO – Much like the students they teach, Malheur County school districts receive reports cards from the state. And, like the students, absenteeism is part of the grade. State officials recently released the latest report covering attendance and absenteeism in every school in Oregon.

“County wide, we are about the same as last year in the districts,” said Mark Redmond, Malheur Education Service District superintendent.

Redmond looked at the data for school districts across the county and sees schools holding steady on a challenging issue.

“The state is pushing absenteeism to the forefront and pushing districts to take steps to confront the problem,” he said.

Across the county, high schools face the most severe challenge in keeping students in their seats.

The Oregon Department of Education report showed that 80 percent of the state’s students regularly attended school.

By comparison, Jordan Valley . . .