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NYC sees spike in number of homeless public school students

10.26.2022 | NY Post | “There’s a lot of attention right now on newly arrived families, as there should be, and there were more than 100,000 students experiencing homelessness before this recent influx,” said Jennifer Pringle, who leads Advocates for Children’s work on student homelessness. 

 “While the mayor works to address the housing crisis and families seeking asylum, he has to ensure that kids in temporary housing have access to school,” Pringle added. 

The DOE still hasn’t put in place an interim executive director since the office head said he was leaving more than a month ago — a memo earlier this month showed a group of regional directors are leading that team for now. 

And the agency has yet to hire 100 shelter-based DOE staffers to work year-round, despite allocating part of its budget for those positions last spring — though central staffer Flavia Puello-Perdomo told The Post last week it would hire the first 50 by the end of this month. 

“They say it’s a priority, so let’s see it,” said Pringle.

“If this is a priority, why don’t you have a director responsible for the team supporting students in temporary housing?” she added. “It’s so critical that we get those positions filled — even in the interim.” Read article