UFL’s Shinberg Center has released a new study showing the Homeless Student population on Florida’s First Coast more than doubled from the 2010-2011 school year total of 2,879 to 4,398 in 2015-2016.
Homeless students missed more school days per year on average than students who are housed. This includes housed students receiving free and reduced price lunch (a proxy for low-income students) and housed students receiving full price lunch.
Homeless students were also more likely to be identified as truant than housed/freereduced lunch students and housed/full price lunch students. Truant students are those with at least 15 unexcused absences within a 90-day period.
The study, Students Experiencing Homelessness in Florida: Updates and Solutions in partnership with Miami Homes for All. This is an update to their 2017 research on homeless students in Florida public schools.
It includes statewide student counts, stats on the effects of hurricanes on student homelessness, and the test score gap between homeless and housed students, as well as a series of policy recommendations.
The original report and a number of other tools, including county fact sheets and a statewide interactive map of Florida schools and their homeless student counts, is available for viewing and download at http://www.shimberg.ufl.edu/research/children.
Source: Shimberg Center for Housing Studies, University of Florida