Paterson schools suffer from high rates of chronic absenteeism, says report

Three dozen city schools have chronic absenteeism rates exceeding 10-percent, according to a report compiled by the Paterson Education Fund.

36 schools have had 10-percent or more students who missed 18 days or more in 2015-16 academic year, says the report. An absence is defined as being not present in school with or without excuse.

High schools had far higher absenteeism rates than elementary schools. For example, the alternative high school Yes Academy had a chronic absenteeism rate of 84-percent, according to the report. The School of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) …read more

Source: Paterson Times

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