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City students who skip school for the national Climate Strike walkout next week won’t be punished, Education Department officials said Thursday. “I’m thankful that DOE made the decision to support our students’ powerful path towards change by excusing absences for the Climate Strike,” said City Council Member Rafael Espinal, Jr. who urged the move at a rally with kids at city hall. “The climate crisis is not slowing down and our students aren’t either by leading the fight against it and we should be doing everything we can to encourage their leadership,” Espinal, (D-Brooklyn) said. Students across the city will…

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