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Figures detail absences by students at Michigan schools

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) -

Newly released state figures show that in some Michigan school districts half or more of students are chronically absent.

The Detroit News reports numbers issued this month by the Michigan Center for Educational Performance and Information indicate that in the Detroit Public Schools district 64.8 percent missed at least 10 days in 2014-15.

Michigan considers students who miss 10 or more days a year chronically absent.

Others with high rates include River Rouge at 57.2 percent, Flint at 54.2 percent, Pontiac at 48.6 percent and Benton Harbor at 48.4 percent.

A new Michigan law that takes effect in June aims to encourage attendance by allowing the state to halt welfare benefits to families whose children are chronically absent.

School officials, meanwhile, say they're working to keep kids in class.

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