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NYC homeless students' absenteeism crisis

12.05.2022 | FOX 5 New York | It's a huge problem, a problem Jennifer Pringle says needs urgent attention if the City wants to break the cycle of homelessness. "We know that kids who don't graduate from high school are 3.5 times more at risk of experiencing homelessness as young adults." 

Pringle is with Advocates for Children of New York. Their report says 64% of students living in sheters were chonically absent from school last year, meaning they missed more than 10% of the school year. One of the primary reasons the students are missing school is long commutes.

"40 percent of kids in shelter are places in a shelter far away from their schools, in a different borough from where their school is," says Pringle. Watch video