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A long commute means more skipped school

Because high school admissions in New York City happens on a citywide basis, teenagers here travel long distances to get school. But maybe they shouldn’t.

That’s the suggestion of Christine Rowland, who works at the UFT Teacher Center at Columbus High School. Rowland compared the commute length of some of Columbus’s neediest students against their attendance records and is recounting what she found in the GothamSchools community section.

Rowland writes:

I checked individual student commutes using, using a Monday morning 7 a.m. time, using either subway or bus, and choosing walking over more transfers. … I then used ARIS, the city’s school data system, to check year-to-date attendance records (from September). Very quickly I noticed a strong correlation. … Those in the Columbus zip code averaged 87.6 percent attendance, while those traveling 45 minutes or further attended school only 67.6 percent of the time.

Rowland last outlines “a context for accountability” at Columbus, which the city decided to close beginning this year.

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