Not A Day, A MONTH

Posted: October 21, 2008 in Our children

Report Cites Chronic Absenteeism in City Schools
By JENNIFER MEDINA
nytimes.com

More than 90,000 of New York City’s elementary school students — roughly 20 percent — missed at least a month of classes during the last school year, with attendance problems most acute in central Brooklyn, Harlem and the South Bronx, according to a report scheduled for release on Tuesday.

Single-parented homes are the problem? Not exactly.

[…]

Indeed, absenteeism varies widely across the city. In Bayside, Queens, a middle-class neighborhood with many single-family homes, about 5 percent of students in kindergarten through fifth grade were chronically absent, compared with 30 percent of those in the Morrisania section of the Bronx, where there are several public housing projects. (more…)

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