Chronic absenteeism and truancy are serious issues that prevent far too many young New Yorkers from succeeding in school and reaching their full potential. On June 10, 2010, Mayor Bloomberg launched the first-ever interagency, citywide campaign to combat this far-reaching problem and announced the creation of the Mayor’s Interagency Task Force on Truancy, Chronic Absenteeism & School Engagement.
The Task Force was created to develop comprehensive, interagency approaches that call on all members of the community to work together to make sure that students are staying in school. The Every Student, Every Day campaign launched a set of pilot initiatives at 25 schools throughout the five boroughs in the 2010-2011 school year. These schools were selected by the Department of Education (DOE) and the Task Force based on above-average chronic absenteeism rates and strong school leadership. In its second year, the program expanded to 50 schools, and in fall of 2012 it will be in 100 schools.
The Mayor's Interagency Task Force on American Graduate Day 2012