City opens anti-truancy center
The city Tuesday announced its first "engagement center" for chronically absent students.
The West Harlem-based center aims to reduce truancy by keeping track of students; attendance and progress, letting them pick a school-based mentor and assigning each one with a trained advocate. The center will be staffed with social workers and officials from the city Department of Education, the Police Athletic League and the Manhattan district attorney's office, which will run the center.
Creating an engagement center was born from the mayor's school truancy task force.
"The opening of this Engagement Center is the next step in ensuring our children are provided with the support they need to stay in school and off the streets," Mayor Michael Bloomberg said in a statement.