L.I. Parents Mixed On 10 More Homeless Students Joining District

HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – Some parents on Long Island are upset about homeless children attending school in their district.

As WCBS 880′s Sophia Hall reported, some of the parents said they believe that adding ten more homeless children to Forest Brook Elementary School in Hauppauge will add to class size and cut support services.

The children moved to a shelter in Hauppauge after the Southampton shelter they were living in with their families was shut down.

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  • L.I. Parents Mixed On 10 More Homeless Students Joining District
  • WCBS 880′s Sophia Hall Reports

Joanne Babbino, who has a special needs daughter in the district, said everyone should be treated equally.

“All children deserve the same education regardless of their situation,” she told Hall.

There will be a total of 24 homeless students across the district.

Babbino talked about the homeless high school student in Brentwood who became an Intel Science Award semi finalist.

“The person could be an amazing person. It’s just the family situation isn’t that great right now,” she told Hall.

Under federal law, homeless students are permitted to attend public school in the district they move to, or opt to stay at their school of origin. In that case, that school is required to cover transportation costs.

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Source: CBS local New York

    

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