MIAMI
08/20/2012 09:06 am ET Updated Oct 20, 2012

Nearly One In 10 Students Missing 21 Days Of School

From designing motivational posters to high-fiving students at the door, South Florida schools spend a lot of effort to get kids to do the obvious: Show up.

A new school year begins Monday with the reality that hundreds of thousands of Florida students -- almost one in 10 -- miss a month or more of school every year, according to state figures.

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