The New York Post published an article that showed that many Elementary and Middle School students were chronically absent. Every study shows that children who are absent from school for a period of time are likely to fail and drop out in high school. However, unlike high school, parents weld the most influence on their child and allowing their child to be absent is their fault and nobody else.
According to the article PS 396 in East New York Brooklyn had an astounding 58% of its students were chronically absent last year. Other schools with high absenteeism rates were PS 50 and PS 123 in Harlem at 50% and at PS 112 in the Bronx 47% were chronically absent. All of these schools are in the poorest neighborhoods in the city and have a 100% minority population. Overall there were 127 elementary and middle schools that had 40% of their students defined as chronically absent. Is it any wonder that these schools academically struggle? In fact, Researchers have long noted a correlation between school attendance and academic performance, and 18 schools with the most absentee students have landed on the city and state list of academic laggards.
Blaming educators, be in school principals, teachers, and support staff for the academic failure of these students is not only unfair but wrong and not holding parents accountable is the primary cause for student academic failure in the elementary and middle school years. Its time for politicians to stop blaming educators and make parents and guardians accountable for their child's high absentee rate and poor academic achievement.