Parents of truant students in Albuquerque's public school system can expect to hear from school officials.
KOAT-TV reports that the Albuquerque district is launching a 17-school pilot program schools to crack down on chronic absences.
Under the pilot program, parents will get a call after two unexcused absences. That's down from five under past practice.
Officials say 16,000 students were chronically absent in 2012.
APS officials said the challenge is getting unengaged parents to intervene in their children's academic life.
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