Nearly a third of San Luis Obispo County students — 10,078 — were considered truant last year, according to state data. That means they were either absent or late to school without a valid excuse at least three times in the 2008-09 school year — exceeding the state average. Suspensions and expulsions also have grown during the last five years, up 73 percent and 49 percent, respectively. See how student misconduct at your child's school compares to other schools in its district.
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