NRHS 2As a father, I see how much our boys benefit from every single day they spend in the classroom.  But it’s not just parents who have a stake in encouraging school attendance, because the strength and future of our entire community and economy depend on youngsters showing up to learn.

Research shows that chronic absence is a proven predictor of academic problems. In fact, just three days of missed school can result in lower scores on standardized tests.

That is why I am pleased to join New Rochelle’s new Superintendent of Schools, Brian Osborne, in marking Attendance Awareness Month.  Together with a wide range of community organizations and advocates, including Student Advocacy and the Women’s Leadership Council (WLC) of the United Way, we’ll be working to reduce chronic absenteeism by making sure that families and educators alike know the stakes.

There’s more in this press release.