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Absent note: For students traveling to school in Baltimore, merely getting to class can involve a harrowing journey through high-crime areas. It’s even common for a bus to get diverted due to a murder on the street. “I’m kind of desensitized to it—I mean, I don’t like to think of myself like that, but I’m so used to it,� an 11th-grade student from Frederick Douglass High School told CityLab’s Tanvi Misra. “Every day I’m scrolling down my timeline, and that’s all I see: death, death, death. It just makes me feel like the city is never going to get better.�

The toll this takes on students is real. According to a new study from Johns Hopkins University, students who walk or take public transit through high-crime areas were more likely to miss class. In many cases, that’s compounded by the fact that Baltimore students often have brutal commutes on not-so-reliable public transit before the school day even begins. For leaders who want to address the “hidden educational crisis� of chronic absenteeism, it pays to understand the full effects that difficult, even dangerous commutes to school can have on students. Read Tanvi’s story: For Students in Baltimore, the Bus to School Can Be a Scary Ride

—Andrew Small

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