Counting Q C’s Homeless Teens Hard | Quad Cities | Quad-City Times
How many homeless students are in the Quad-Cities? It’s hard to tell.
In the past, school records about homeless students weren’t kept as accurately as possible, but that’s changing for the better, said Clayton Naylor, Rock Island Regional Office of Education’s assistant to the superintendent and homeless coordinator.
Another problem is that homeless families are transient, and sometimes their status changes and it’s not reported to the schools, Rock Island-Milan School District homeless liaison Kay Ingham said.
Records show the district served about 140 homeless students last year, Ingham said.
Chris Taylor, associate superintendent for special services in the East Moline Community School District, said that district’s number grew from 11 at the start of the 2010-2011 school year to 52 at year’s end, in part because of an improved counting process enlisting school secretaries and community service agencies.
via Quad-City Times