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Cuomo announces state initiative to boost student attendance

Governor Cuomo launched a public awareness campaign Tuesday promoting school attendance. Here’s the full press release for the “Every Student Present” campaign, which points to statistics like these:

– About one in ten U.S. students miss ten percent or more school days each year.

– As many as four in ten kindergarten and first grade students will miss about a month of school, which particularly jeopardizes early reading proficiency.

– Chronically-absent sixth grade students graduate less frequently than their peers.

New York City just announced its latest effort to reduce truancy by opening a center geared toward keeping students in school.