Nearly 1 in 5 MD Students is Chronically Absent. At Some Schools, the Rate is More Than 75%

At Woodlawn High School in suburban Baltimore County, one of the greatest challenges confronting educators is just getting students to show up.

Foster care students coping with unstable families, immigrants working to earn money and disengaged teenagers all find reasons to skip a day here and there, Principal Georgina Aye says.

For many, those days add up.