San Diego schools spend $405k tutoring homeless and migrant students

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(The Center Square) – The San Diego Unified School District will spend $405,937 for tutoring students who identify as refugees and youth experiencing homelessness.

The Board of Education voted to increase spending by $99,497.00, making the new total for services $405,937 to provide tutoring services in the district for both homeless and refugee children.

The Regents of the University of California provides service to the San Diego Unified School District by providing tutoring support for students identifying as refugees or experiencing homelessness while participating in the district’s project known as RISE UP.

The tutoring services focus on offering supplemental English Language Development (ELD) instruction at elementary and middle school levels and trauma-informed support to help address any gaps students are experiencing in school.

Identified refugee youth is a child of school aged 5-18 who has arrived in the United States within the previous five years.

The original contract for tutoring services began on Apr. 26, 2022, when the board approved $306,440 to provide tutoring support services valid from May 1, 2022, through Dec. 31, 2024.

The new total increase for services totals $99,497.00, not to exceed the amount of $405,937.00. The term of the agreement will remain unchanged from May 1, 2022, through Dec. 31, 2024.

The 2023 Point-in-time data for San Diego shows 10,264 persons experiencing homelessness in San Diego, California.

The Regents of the University of California referred comment to Matt Nagel.

Matt Nagel, the senior executive director of public relations at UC San Diego, and Maureen Magee, communications director for the San Diego Unified School District, did not reply to an email seeking comment.

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