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Homeless kids, chronic absenteeism, frustrated parents: L.A. Unified is back to school and trying to help
Nearly half a million Los Angeles children and teenagers streamed into more than 1,000 public campuses for a new school year Tuesday, many carrying burdens from the world outside through the schoolyard gates: homelessness, malnutrition and difficulties at home that can contribute to chronic absenteeism, discipline problems and low academic achievement.