ERIC Number: ED479993
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Apr
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Low Income Student Transiency and Its Effects on Schools and School Districts in Upstate New York.
Schafft, Kai A.
Patterns of low-income student mobility were examined in rural upstate New York, along with impacts on and responses by communities and schools. Analyses of state-level school district data were combined with surveys and interviews with school district administrators. The study focused on 136 persistently poor districts (consistently in the bottom third of upstate districts in school district wealth each year from 1991 to 1999) and on 141 economically advantaged districts (consistently in the top third). Results indicate that chronic student mobility, and particularly the mobility of low-income students, posed a serious, but under-documented problem for rural schools. The incidence and effects of student mobility were particularly pronounced in smaller, limited-resource districts. School district administrators reported that high-need, highly mobile students increased administrative costs, and the unpredictability of their movement vastly complicated planning and budgeting processes. In sum, the study suggests a large, high-need segment of the upstate New York population that is largely unrecognized, untargeted, and both socially and academically at risk. Implications for community vitality are discussed, as well as what this might mean in the context of current educational reform measures. (Contains 33 references) (Author/SV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: New York