‘Bittersweet’ Christmas for NYC schools who receive low funding boost to help educate homeless students

Last week, the Department of Education (DOE) announced it will send an additional $9.6 million to schools with a significant population of homeless students. The additional funds are from adjustments made following a policy change to the school-budget system Fair Student Funding on how Students in Temporary Housing are calculated to finance the city’s public schools.

It is believed that the adjustments are the result of Comptroller Brad Lander’s Nov. 17 letter to Schools Chancellor David E. Banks where he pointed out that the previous policy was “purposely creating resource scarcity” by withholding $11 million from schools serving homeless students.