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The underlying problem seems obvious: kids don't learn if they're not coming to school. A new “Chronic Absenteeism Report” responds to a law Oregon passed earlier this year.
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Measure 98 would dedicate $147 million a year to high school programs. It would draw money from Oregon's general fund. Backers say there's plenty of money to do it, but others aren't so sure.
There’s a big gap between how good Americans think their child care is and what experts think. Only 13 percent of Oregon’s child care programs even participate in a rating system.