They couldn't tell us how big the problem actually is, because there is no real statewide accountability process that keeps track of absent students.
We talked to the head of the truancy task force, Dr. Dennis Burrow. His team is bringing together all of the agencies involved in keeping kids in school-- such as the department of health, police, the school district and the city attorneys offices.
He says the board has met twice, but has already found major breakdowns in the current system.
Dr. Burrow said, "Juvenile court judges say its 6 months, 9 months to a year before they're able to actually deal with a kid that's really truant, that's way too long. You've more or less already lost that kid.
Dr. Burrow says the board's short term goal is to improve communication between the school district and the city attorneys office.
The board will hold their third meeting in August.