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A Louisville, Ky., classroom sits empty in January 2022, during a COVID surge driven by the omicron variant. Students lost the routine of going to school during the pandemic, and now many are struggling to get back in the habit. Jon Cherry/Getty Images hide caption

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Education

3 years since the pandemic wrecked attendance, kids still aren't showing up to school

By some estimates, chronic absenteeism doubled during the pandemic. Now, about halfway through the most "normal" school year since 2020, the situation hasn't improved in many places.

A Louisville, Ky., classroom sits empty in January 2022, during a COVID surge driven by the omicron variant. Students lost the routine of going to school during the pandemic, and now many are struggling to get back in the habit. Jon Cherry/Getty Images hide caption

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3 years since the pandemic wrecked attendance, kids still aren't showing up to school

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Wayne Shorter, photographed in 1985. David Redfern/Redferns hide caption

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Music News

Wayne Shorter, sage of the saxophone, dies at 89

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Wayne Shorter, sage of the saxophone, dies at 89

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The Mandalorian (Pedro Pascal) and Grogu in Season 2 of The Mandalorian. Lucasfilm Ltd. hide caption

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'Table setting' backstory burdens 'The Mandalorian' Season 3 debut

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Wattstax drew 100,000 people — this 1972 concert was about much more than music

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