When it comes to tackling the problem of chronic absenteeism, students who already already have a track record of skipping class can be a particularly tough crowd to sway. But a new report out of New York City—where one out of every five students missed a month or more of school last year — suggests an intensive community-wide initiative is gaining ground.
First, some background: chronic absenteeism is defined as missing at least 10 percent of the instructional days over the course of an academic year, which amounts to about 18 days in the average district. The national advocacy group
Attendance Works considers chronic absenteeism as an early warning system that too many schools, parents and students are failing to heed.
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Beginner Sit-Ups (Knee pops)
1. lie flat on the floor with arms overhead, knees bent at a 90-degree angle, and feet tucked under a sofa or heavy armchair.
2. Swing arms forward and sit up, crunching forcefully with your abdominal muscles.
3. Slap the top of your knees with your palms to…