School absenteeism

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New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia appeared a Daemen College in Amherst Thursday for the Distinguished Lecture series.  After her speech Elia took media questions. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley asked Elia to address the high absenteeism rates in Buffalo Public Schools.

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High absentee rates continue to prevent student achievement and graduation in the Buffalo Public School District. The Buffalo News recently wrote two major stories about the problem in its 'How to Fix Buffalo' schools series.  This week in our Press Pass conversation, WBFO's Eileen Buckley talks with Buffalo News Education reporter Mary Pasciak about her extensive articles.  

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Some believe a daytime city curfew for students 17 and under would improve Buffalo Public School attendance and reduce youth crime. The concept was discussed at a Monday meeting.

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Kindergarten is expected to be mandatory for five year olds in Buffalo this fall if Governor Cuomo signs a bill approved by the state Legislature. In our Focus on Education report -- WBFO'S Eileen Buckley talked to the city school district and an early childhood expert about the importance of kindergartner in a student’s development and learning.


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Absenteeism in Buffalo public schools has been an issue for years, with teachers saying they can't teach students who don't show. The school district says the rate is getting better with attendance on the rise.  But one city school teacher is releasing statistics on his missing students.