(San Diego) - At a press conference at the San Altos Elementary School in Lemon Grove, Assemblymember Shirley N. Weber (D-San Diego) called on parents to become engaged in reversing a serious trend in student absenteeism. A recent study by the California Attorney General’s office found that over 250,000 Elementary school students were chronically absent in 2013-2014. Another finding in the AG’s report is 90 percent of the students with the most severe attendance problems are low-income students, with African American students having the highest rates of chronic absenteeism. “Chronic absences, especially in the lower grades, impair a child’s critical reading and math skills,” Assemblymember Weber said. “Students who don’t read proficiently by 3rd grade, a critical skill for academic performance, are 4 times more likely to drop out of school.” Learn more in this Assembly Access video.