NEW YORK CITY — The New York City Department of Education was slapped with a subpoena by the City Council Friday, demanding attendance records for remote learning from March to June — when public schools were shut down due to coronavirus.
“It’s critically important that we know the attendance on the school-by-school basis, and also we’re also asking for how many New York City school children have received live remote instruction,” said Councilmember Mark Treyger. He chairs the education committee.
Black and Brown children make up 64% of the student population in New York City, and the City Council wants to make sure kids who are in need are not left behind.
Attendance is a big indicator of school culture and student wellness, and without the data broken down by school district, school and race, education advocates say you can’t tell the quality of the education.
The Department of Education