Mayor's Interagency Task Force on Truancy, Chronic Absenteeism and School Engagement
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News and Media

Press Releases

"Anti-Truancy Initiative Brings Peer Group Mentoring to Marta Valle"
December 5, 2011

“Mayor Bloomberg Announces Results of Mentorship Program to Combat Chronic Absenteeism and Expansion of the Program,”  (in PDF)
November 9, 2011

"Mayor Bloomberg and New York Yankees Announce Partnership to Combat Truancy and Chronic Absenteeism for NYC Public School Students," (in PDF)
June 15, 2011

"Chancellor Dennis Walcott and the Mayor’s Chief Policy Advisor John Feinblatt Announce the NYC Asthma Friendly Schools Campaign to Help Reduce Asthma-Related Absenteeism," 
June 9, 2011

"Mayor Bloomberg Launches WakeUp! NYC Campaign to Reduce Chronic Absenteeism and Truancy In City Schools And Releases Early Data From Truancy Program," (in PDF)
February 10, 2011

"Old Navy, Deputy Mayor Dennis Walcott, Chancellor Joel I. Klein, Mayor's Chief Policy Advisor John Feinblatt and Mets Player Jose Reyes Give New York Students a New Wardrobe Fit for the Classroom to Reward Attendance," (in PDF)
November 4, 2010

"Mayor Bloomberg Announces Comprehensive New Strategies to Reduce Chronic Absenteeism and Truancy in City Schools," (in PDF)
August 19, 2010

"Mayor Bloomberg Announces First-Ever Citywide Campaign to Reduce Chronic Absenteeism and Truancy in City Schools," (in PDF)
June 10, 2010

Videos

Watch a Special Message from Mayor Bloomberg

Watch Homeless Services Commissioner Seth Diamond's Interview on NY1 About the Task Force's Work for Family Shelters 

Watch Magic Johnson's Public Service Announcement on Truancy and Chronic Absenteeism

Watch Magic Johnson Record a Wake Up Call for Chronically Absent Students

Watch Mets Shortstop Jose Reyes' Spanish-Language Public Service Announcement

Watch Aaron Sanchez's English-Language Public Service Announcement

Watch Aaron Sanchez's Spanish-Language Public Service Announcement

 Watch Ndamukong Suh's Public Service Announcement

Audio 

Listen to Celebrity Chef Aaron Sanchez's Wake Up Call

Listen to Radio Hosts Terrence J. and Rocci's Wake Up Calls

Listen to NFL Defensive Tackle Ndamukong Suh's Wake Up Calls

News

“‘Chronically Absent’ Students Skew School Data, Study Finds, Citing Parents’ Role,” New York Times, May 17, 2012

“City subway ads redirect anti-truancy message to parents,” Gotham Schools, May 10, 2012

The Queens Courier “Mayor Michael Bloomberg launches campaign fighting chronic absenteeism,” The Queens Courier, May 10, 2012

“Ad Campaign Looks To Cut Students' Absentee Rates,” NY1 News, May 10, 2012  

“New York Launches ‘School Every Day NYC’ Ad Campaign,” Attendance Works, May 10, 2012

"Truant Students are Heeding Their Wake-up Calls," New York Times, November 11, 2011

"Boosting truant wake-up calls,” New York Post, November 10, 2011

 "A Student says the city's anti-truancy push changed her life,” GothamSchools, November 10, 2011

"NYC mayor says anti-truancy program is working,” Wall Street Journal, November 9, 2011

"Mentorship program decreases truancy in NYC schools," Examiner, November 9, 2011

"Cities Take Aim at Truancy," US News and World Report, March 4, 2011 

"Schools Use Celebrity Wake-Up Calls to Battle Truancy," New York Times, February 10, 2011 

"Magic Johnson, Big Boi to Give Kids Wake-Up Calls," WNYC, February 10, 2011

"Truant Kids to Get Wake-Up Calls from Celebs," NBC New York, February 10, 2011

"New York City Mayor Turns to Celebs to Fight Absenteeism," CNN, February 11, 2011

"Celebrities Such As Jose Reyes, Magic Johnson to 'Call' Chronically Absent Students," Daily News, February 11, 2011

"New Campaign Aims to Get Kids to School," NY1, February 11, 2011

"Old Navy, Deputy Mayor Dennis Walcott, Chancellor Joel I. Klein, Mayor's Chief Policy Advisor John Feinblatt and Mets Player Jose Reyes Give New York Students a New Wardrobe Fit for the Classroom to Reward Attendance," CBS 19, November 5, 2010 

"City Ready to Fight Truancy," Times Newsweekly, August 26, 2010 

"City Has New Strategies to Reduce Absenteeism, Truancy," Canarsie Courier, August 26, 2010 

"Task Force Created to Address Chronic Absenteeism in Schools," New York Post, June 28, 2010 

"New Anti-Truancy Campaign Announced," Gothamist, June 11, 2010 

"New City Task Force to Examine Chronic Absenteeism and Truancy," GothamSchools, June 10, 2010

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The Challenge

Learn what the Task Force is doing to tackle this problem.