Higher  education  levels  are  associated with  better  health  outcomes.  Missing  too  many days  of  school  can  cause  students  to  fall  behind  and  increases  their  risk  of dropping  out.  For  instance,  in  the  East  Flatbush  section  of  Brooklyn,  New  York,  the  elementary  school  absenteeism  rate  is  higher  than the  rate  for  NYC over  all. Four  out  of  five  high  school  students  in  East  Flatbush  graduate  in  four  years,  similar  to  the  citywide  rate.  80%  of  those  who  do  not  graduate  end  up  in  prison  and  on  public  assistance  programs  which  lead  to  poverty.

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