A high-crime neighborhood makes it harder to show up for school

February 14, 2019 | NPR

Getting students to show up is one of the biggest challenges schools face: How can someone learn at school if they’re not there in the first place?

A new study suggests living in a high-crime area, or simply passing through one on the way to school, can impact how often students show up to class.

“Some kids have a harder time getting to a school than others, not for any fault of their own, but because of the way the transportation system is set up, because of the way crime clusters in particular places,” explains Julia Burdick-Will, a sociology professor at Johns Hopkins University and the lead author of the study. “It might not be huge, or every day, but it adds up.”

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