Attendance Works: Reporting on Absenteeism Wins Top Prizes

The first time Chicago Tribune reporter David Jackson requested information on attendance in Chicago Public Schools was 1999. He had talked to a juvenile court judge who told him about the surprisingly high truancy rates among young offenders. Jackson filed a Freedom of Information request with the school district, but it was denied on privacy grounds, even though he asked that names be redacted. The case went to court, which upheld the district’s decision.

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