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letters | PUTTING MASS. STUDENTS ON THE RIGHT PATH

Before lengthening day, let’s make sure children get to school in first place

Re “Longer school day plan widens” (Page A1, Dec. 3): Extending the school day or school year is one way to provide more learning time for low-income students in Massachusetts. Reducing student absences is another.

According to data from the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, students in high-poverty districts such as Boston, Springfield, and Holyoke miss an average of almost three weeks of school per year, while students in wealthy suburban districts such as Boxford and Lincoln-Sudbury miss an average of only five or six days per year.

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