New York City’s public schools are held accountable for their students’ educational progress. But what happens when problems at home hold students back, or when young children aren’t coming to school? Could the city create a school-based safety net in the lowest-income neighborhoods? The Center for New York City Affairs will release an analysis of absenteeism in the early grades, looking at the role that schools and families play in the academic success of a child––and what is needed to help more children do well.

INTRODUCTORY REMARKS:
Richard Rothstein, Research Associate, Economic Policy Institute, and author, Class and Schools: Using Social, Economic, and Educational Reform to Close the Black-White Achievement Gap
Dennis Walcott, Deputy Mayor for Education and Community Development, City of New York

PANELISTS:
Lilliam Barrios Paoli, Executive Director, SafeSpace
Jane Quinn, Assistant Executive Director for Community Schools, Children’s Aid Society
Luis Torres, Principal, Bronx P.S. 55
and others

MODERATOR:
Clara Hemphill, co-founder, Insideschools.org, and author, New York City’s Best Public Elementary Schools: A Parents’ Guide

Admission is free, but you must RSVP.