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New School Attendance Data Shows Steeper Drops for Students in Shelter, English Language Learners

04.14.2021 | CityLimits | The numbers, highlighted in a policy brief released Wednesday by Advocates for Children of New York (AFC), show the attendance rate for students in shelter during the first month of this year was 75.7 percent, 14.1 percentage points lower than students not living in the shelter system. The attendance rate for all city students in January—including those enrolled in both remote-only and blended learning—was 89.2 percent. That’s lower than it was pre-pandemic: during the 2018-19 school year, the citywide attendance rate was 91.5 percent, DOE data shows. Read article