Athens Banner-Herald: School vouchers raise too many questions
“And what about homeless students? According to the Institute for Children, Poverty and Homelessness, nearly 2 percent of Georgia students – nearly 37,000 children – were homeless in the 2013-14 school year. Of those, 16 percent had disabilities. And while rural schools enroll 32 percent of all Georgia students, they enroll 40 percent of homeless students.”
This snapshot is part of a series analyzing student homelessness in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. It analyzes how many homeless students are enrolled in public schools in Georgia, where in the state they reside, and how they perform in school compared to their peers.
Educators have long known the negative effect that housing instability can have on a child's education, but this policy brief suggests that these effects do not end when a student is stably housed. This brief looks at the educational outcomes of homeless and formerly homeless students during the 2013–14 school year and the implications these outcomes have for education policy in New York City.
School absences are pervasive across New York City. Almost one in five New York City public school elementary students (19%) were chronically absent in SY 2013-14, missing 20 days or more of school. Worse, homeless elementary students were chronically absent at roughly twice the rate of elementary students overall. This report examines the disparities in absenteeism and its impact on educational achievement, comparing homeless students and their housed peers, regardless of family income level.