This bill would require the Department of Education (DOE) to publish an annual report on students in temporary housing. The report would include the number of students residing in shelters, the number of students living doubled-up, the rate of students residing in shelters of their school district and borough of origin, and the number of requests for a shelter transfer to be closer to school. The report would include information on students’ travel to school, including information on MetroCard and busing usage. The report would additionally include information broken down by community school districts receiving funding from the McKinney-Vento Act and Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
- Laid Over in Committee
Int. No. 1497
By Council Members Salamanca, Johnson, Levin, Cohen and Menchaca
A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to requiring the department of education to report on students in temporary housing
Be it enacted by the Council as follows:
Section 1. The administrative code of the city of New York is amended by adding a new chapter 10 to title 21-A to read as follows:
Chapter 10. Reporting on Students in Temporary Housing
§ 21-1000 Definitions. For the purposes of this chapter, the following terms have the following meanings:
School of origin. The term “school of origin” means the school that a child or youth attended when permanently housed or the school in which the child or youth was last enrolled as defined in section 1143 of title 42 of the United States code.
Sharing the housing of others. The term “sharing the housing of others” means individuals who have reported to the department that they are living with other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship or a similar reason as established by section 1143a(2) of the United States code.
Students in temporary housing. The term “students in temporary housing” has the definition found in section 1143a(2) of the United States code.
§ 21-1001 Students in temporary housing. a. Not later than November 1, 2017, and no later than November 1 annually thereafter, the department shall submit to the council and post online a report regarding information on students in temporary housing for the preceding school year. Such report shall include, but not be limited to, the following information:
1. The total number of students in temporary housing disaggregated by school.
2. The disaggregated number of students residing in shelters operated by the department of homeless services, the department of social services/human resources administration, the department of youth and community development and the department of housing preservation and development.
3. The number of students known to be sharing the housing of others.
4. The rate of placement of students residing in shelters operated by the department of homeless services in the student’s school of origin and borough of origin.
5. The total number of requests received by the department of homeless services for a transfer of shelter to be closer to the school of attendance.
6. Total number of students in temporary housing receiving metrocards.
7. Total number of students in temporary housing receiving busing.
8. Minimum, median, average and greatest length of time transpired to arrange busing for students in temporary housing.
9. Minimum, median, average and greatest length of travel time between shelter and school for students in temporary housing receiving busing.
10. For each of the following funding programs: the mckinney-vento homeless assistance act as established by sections 11432 and 11433 of title 42 of the United States code and title I of the elementary and secondary education act as established by section 6333 of title 20 of the United States code:
(a) number of community school districts applying for funding; and
(b) number of community school districts receiving funding.
11. For each community school district receiving funding pursuant to a program listed in paragraph 10:
(a) percentage of students residing in temporary housing;
(b) transfer rate of students in temporary housing;
(c) attendance rate of students in temporary housing;
(d) retention rates of students in temporary housing; and
(e) dropout rate of students in temporary housing.
b. No information that is otherwise required to be reported pursuant to this section shall be reported in a manner that would violate any applicable provision of federal, state or local law relating to the privacy of student information or that would interfere with law enforcement investigations or otherwise conflict with the interests of law enforcement. If a category contains between 1 and 5 students, or contains an amount that would allow the amount of another category that is five or less to be deduced, the number shall be replaced with a symbol.
§ 2. This local law takes effect immediately.