MISSING MOMS

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FYI: Fewer than 2,000 of the estimated 20,000 mothers under 21-years-old who haven’t finished high school are enrolled in city services intended to aid student moms, according to a comptroller’s office study released today. Of the 20,000 eligible, the comptroller estimates 8,000 are under the age of 17 and thus are legally required to be in school. The education department offers alternative schools for pregnant students, known as “p-schools,” and child care services for students with kids. But only 618 moms are enrolled in the city’s alternative schools, and only 1,322 are using the childcare services–which is about the program’s capacity, since only 42 of the city’s 232 high schools currently offer the services. Check out City Limits archives for Charu Gupta’s report on the city’s troubled alternative schools for pregnant students. [6/19/03]