Some Bronx high school students failing when it comes to going to school

School officials say six Bronx high schools have the highest rate of students cutting class.

At Taft High School almost half of the students have not gone to school since classes began in September. And according to the Department of Education, Taft is just one of six schools in the Bronx that has the highest rate of truancy in the city.

Parents say part of the problem is that teachers are pressured to pass kids who are not ready to graduate. They say struggling students are often left behind and end up losing interest so they cut class.

School officials say currently there is only once truancy center in the Bronx. The center is located at Kennedy High School and is only used for students in the area or who are not from the Bronx.

The Department of Education says it is working with other city agencies to develop truancy prevention programs. The Bronx district attorney is also re-applying for grants to reopen a truancy center that was shut down after a year because of a lack of funding.

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