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Absenteeism runs rampant in NYC schools.

According to the New York Times (10/20/08), more than 90,000 of New York City's elementary school students (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 released last month by the Center for New York City Affairs, absenteeism rates were higher in the city's middle and high schools. Forty percent of high school students and 24% middle school students were absent for at least a month. According to the Times, however, the report focuses on elementary schools because absenteeism among young students is less widely discussed even though it is believed to worsen over time and lead to dropouts.

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Title Annotation:By the Numbers; New York City
Publication:Curriculum Review
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1U2NY
Date:Dec 1, 2008
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