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School absenteeism affecting students living in shelters the most, advocates say

04.14.2021 | amNY | “The latest attendance data should spur City Hall and the DOE to action,” said Kim Sweet, AFC’s Executive Director. “Tens of thousands of students are still struggling to access an education because of the pandemic or are at risk of disconnecting from school entirely. With the DOE poised to get billions of dollars in COVID-19 relief funding, now is the time to put forward a comprehensive plan for an equitable recovery.” 

As part of the education recovery plan, advocates would also like to see the City provide more one-on-one or small group tutoring for students and boost the number of staff such as social workers and behavioral specialists in public schools. Read article