Newport This Week: Child Homelessness Numbers Second in State

By Christopher Allen

Data reporting that Middletown trails only Providence in the number of students who are classified as “homeless” in Rhode Island was a principal topic at the May 17 Middletown School Committee meeting.

The data, which was disseminated by Rhode Island Kids Count, a child advocacy organization founded in 1994, numbered the amount of homeless Middletown students at 115. But Vice-Superintendent Linda Savastano disputed that number.

“We upload our data every single day,” she said. “Most days, when I pull [data], I'm not seeing a number [as high as 115].”

She said that the number is usually less than 100, which includes students in transition or those who were only in the district for a short period.

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