By KATE TAYLOR
In many ways, the children who attend the two schools in Harlem are similar. They are mostly black and Hispanic, and a majority come from low-income families.
But there is one big difference: At Mosaic, 42 percent of students last year were in temporary housing, according to New York City data, meaning that they were living in a shelter, doubled up with relatives, in a hotel or in other transient circumstances. At the Success school, which draws from across District 4, only 10 percent of students were living in such conditions.
The contrast, while unusually extreme, reflects a trend across the city: With a record number of New Yorkers experiencing homelessness, charter schools are serving fewer homeless students, proportional to their total enrollment, than traditional public schools.