I have returned home from Good News Club at an inner city elementary school. This is a different school than where I am chaplain but with its own problems. There are many low income, high density apartments in the neighborhood, and in past years there was a turnover of students at Christmas break.
This year, the turnover has held off for an additional month, with kids now saying goodbye to us. Last week we lost three kids to moves, today a couple more were gone. As we cleaned up, a girl came back to hang out for a few minutes and let us know she would be moving tomorrow to a nearby school.
Families are moving to cheaper housing. Some of them are moving in with other family members. Always moving, moving, moving. The girl who came back today to let us know of her move has attended three schools the past year. Since I attended the same school for my whole young life, I cannot imagine this many moves. Then we expect them to do well on standardized testing.