These findings raise a number of important questions for future study, including:
- What kinds of programs and practices best support homeless students in schools with different concentrations of these students? Our past research focusing on schools with the highest proportions of homeless students found that such schools can often become sites of targeted service provision to support the academic—but also social-emotional, health, and basic needs—of homeless students. Would the strategies for supporting homeless students look different in schools with fewer of them?
- What should be done about the uneven distribution of homeless students across schools? This is tied to citywide conversations about economic and racial segregation (e.g., District 1’s new diversity plan has an explicit focus on the representation of homeless students in its schools). To what extent will new desegregation initiatives produce a more even mix of homeless students across schools? Will homeless students’ needs be met more or less effectively in integrated educational settings?
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This post was authored by Kathryn Hill and Zitsi Mirakhur.
 We do not include students enrolled in District 75 or 88 schools, or students enrolled in charter schools in this calculation.