New York Charters Enroll Fewer Homeless Pupils Than City Schools | NY Times

By KATE TAYLOR

Mosaic Preparatory Academy, which shares a building with the upper grades of Success Academy Harlem 3. Last year, 42 percent of Mosaic students were in temporary housing, compared with 10 percent at Success. (Photo: Alex Wroblewski | NY Times)

Mosaic Preparatory Academy, which shares a building with the upper grades of Success Academy Harlem 3. Last year, 42 percent of Mosaic students were in temporary housing, compared with 10 percent at Success. (Photo: Alex Wroblewski | NY Times)

On East 111th Street, the upper grades of Success Academy Harlem 3, a charter school, share a building with Mosaic Preparatory Academy, a traditional neighborhood elementary school.

In many ways, the children who attend the two schools in Harlem are similar. They are mostly black and Hispanic, and a majority come from low-income families.

But there is one big difference: At Mosaic, 42 percent of students last year were in temporary housing, according to New York City data, meaning that they were living in a shelter, doubled up with relatives, in a hotel or in other transient circumstances. At the Success school, which draws from across District 4, only 10 percent of students were living in such conditions.

The contrast, while unusually extreme, reflects a trend across the city: With a record number of New Yorkers experiencing homelessness, charter schools are serving fewer homeless students, proportional to their total enrollment, than traditional public schools.

Read more: New York Charters Enroll Fewer Homeless Pupils Than City Schools | NY Times

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