by Justin Murphy
Nearly 40% of students in the Rochester City School District either moved or switched schools over the course of the last two school years, a level of instability that disrupts their academic achievement, according to a report released Thursday by The Children’s Agenda.
One in 12 students was homeless in the last pre-COVID school year compared to 1 in 100 in the Monroe County suburbs. That figure threatens to rise with the expiration of the COVID-era eviction moratorium, a measure that temporarily kept more students in stable housing.
“The loss of housing can be devastating to a child’s life trajectory,” report author Pete Nabozny wrote. “Frequent student mobility in high-poverty school districts like the Rochester City School District puts stresses on the education system that makes it more difficult for public education to fulfill its mission of educating all children.”
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