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12/8/2013http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-truancy-hearing-met-20131208,0,6343300.storyOfficials begin tackling truancy crisisupdatesChicago school authorities say they are making the issue a priority.
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8/26/2013http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013-08-25/news/ct-met-truancy-20130826_1_chicago-teachers-union-compulsory-attendance-age-new-lawQuinn signs law setting new school ageupdatesStarting in fall 2014, children age 6 and older must attend school.
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5/31/2013http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-truancy-school-age-20130531,0,1970719.storyLawmakers vote to lower school age to 6updatesThe law would give education officials a tool to fight truancy in the earliest grades.
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5/30/2013http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/watchdog/truancy/ct-met-truancy-updates-20130530,0,1923706.storyChicago lags state in reform effortsupdatesCity education officials say they are exploring many options but have implemented only limited initiatives.
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3/20/2013http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/watchdog/truancy/ct-met-truancy-legislation-20130320,0,1331499.storyLowering school age an ‘uphill’ battleupdatesOpponents of a proposal targeting absenteeism fear potential costs, impact on home-schoolers.
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2/19/2013http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/watchdog/truancy/ct-met-prison-truancy-20130219,0,7003333.storyEarly truancy can lead to crime, prisonupdatesSchool absences are often an indicator of criminal misconduct that can crush lives, burden society.
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2/5/2013http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/watchdog/truancy/ct-met-truancy-school-age-20130212,0,5221056.storyBill would lower mandatory school ageupdatesForming attendance habit early curbs truancy, experts say.
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2/3/2013http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013-02-03/news/ct-met-truancy-20130203_1_truancy-activists-vow-ceo-barbara-byrd-bennettCalls to action at town hall meetingupdatesElected officials and community activists vow to work on reforms.
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12/26/2012http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/watchdog/truancy/ct-met-truancy-strategies-20121226,0,3995492.storyTrying new tacks on truancyupdatesCreative measures to fight absences show promise in Chicago, nationally.
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12/24/2012http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/watchdog/truancy/ct-met-truancy-report-20121224,0,117449.storyChicago abandoned previous anti-truancy planupdatesTwo years ago, a comprehensive and cost-efficient plan to fight absenteeism was quietly shelved.

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12/24/2012/truancy/runcie_slides.htmlInternal CPS description of truancy planupdatesView an internal CPS presentation analyzing the truancy crisis and describing possible approaches.
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12/10/2012http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-truancy-react-20121211,0,3911522.storyCPS head targets K-8 ‘dropout pipeline’updatesBarbara Byrd-Bennett vows to ‘own’ the problem of kids missing school.
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11/27/2012http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-cps-chicago-public-schools-truancy-,0,3117369.storyLegislator seeks truancy task force for Chicago schoolsupdatesThe panel would schedule public hearings and report its findings to the legislature next year.
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11/19/2012http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-truancy-update-20121120,0,7720692.storyOfficials vow to address crisis in school attendanceupdatesA task force is being assembled to weigh changes in state law and other reforms.
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