But this is what happens when people with a agenda exploit stories. if you read the entire statement its apparent that the Washington post lied again..
Statement from Chancellor Henderson Regarding Inaccuracies in Petula Dvorak Washington Post Column - DC Public Schools, Washington, DC
"District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) Chancellor Kaya Henderson released the following statement highlighting inaccuracies in Petula Dvorak's column in today’s Washington Post. DCPS is hopeful Avery will return to her school very soon:
DCPS excused Avery’s absences for international travel last year after conversations with the family and her school, which was confirmed with Avery’s parents by Andrea Allen, Director of Attendance and Support Services in DCPS’ Office of Youth Engagement. Her attendance summary from last year reflects the “authorized school activity” excuse code for her performance–related absences.
DCPS did not make a referral to a truancy officer, Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA) nor any government agency for intervention, since we had clear information regarding the circumstances of these absences. The family was never at risk for truancy prosecution.
No DCPS student is ever labeled or identified as a “truant” on a transcript, report card, or academic record.
While DCPS has universal truancy policies in place, we work diligently to recognize unique situations. "