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NYC schools boss Carmen Fariña says she'll be 'relentless' to better prepare students

from New York Daily News

Class starts soon for the nation's biggest public school system. In an exclusive interview with the Daily News, city schools boss Carmen Fariña outlined a new plan to engage the families of 1.1 million public school kids. The schools achieved record attendance rates in 2015 and test scores edged up. But even though Fariña acknowledged those milestones, she vowed to improve it as she readied the city's 1,800 schools. "I'm going to be relentless," said Fariña, 72. "'Every student, every day' has become my mantra." The city schools' historic 92.1 percent attendance rate for 2015 was coupled with another achievement: Chronic absenteeism — defined missing 20 days or more in a single school year — fell to 19.4 percent, its lowest level in years. more

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