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City’s Department of Education is failing homeless kids: audit

City’s Department of Education is failing homeless kids: audit
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The city Department of Education is failing miserably at caring for homeless students in public schools, according to an audit released on Thursday.

When any student is absent from class, educators are supposed to notify parents within 24 hours, under DOE regulations.

But auditors for Comptroller Scott Stringer who studied records from the 2015-16 academic year said when it came to homeless kids, the DOE missed the target 92 percent of time.

And in 75 percent of cases, parents were never notified.

“These findings show how the Department of Education is putting our most vulnerable kids at risk,” Stringer said, charging that homeless kids aren’t getting the same attention as other students.

“These kids have become invisible to the school system,” he said.

In response to the audit, City Hall spokeswoman Olivia Lapeyrolerie defended the administration’s efforts. “Our administration is tackling it head-on with investments in school and shelter programming,” she said.



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