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DOE’s pricey data portal for homeless students doesn’t solve concerning attendance issue: critics

05.18.2022 | New York Post | The nonprofit Advocates for Children (AFC) released a report Wednesday calling out the DOE over the plan to spend federal funds on the portal and other new online tools. 

Advocates said the DOE should be spending the cash to invest in staff needed to actually address the barriers these students face to get to school. 

“That requires on-site support,” said Pringle. “It’s not robotic calls, it’s not emails that turn this around.” 

“I have no doubt that it is a robust portal. The problem is if there’s no one in a position to use that information, it’s a waste of money.” Read article