Homeless emergency in San Ysidro schools escalates with grant loss

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Homeless emergency in San Ysidro schools escalates with grant loss

by Megan Wood | May 3, 2016

School districts often paint a rosy picture of life within their bounds. They mention their students’ high test scores, teachers with advanced degrees and forward-looking principals in the hope of attracting new families. So one San Diego County school district stood out late last year when it sent an open distress call.

In November, the San Ysidro School District announced that almost one-third of its children — the largest percentage in the county — had no reliable place to lay their heads at night. Acting on a vote by the school board, Superintendent Julio Fonseca called on Gov. Jerry Brown to declare a state of emergency.

The situation was dire for the elementary school community of San Ysidro. Its 5,263 students draw not only from hilltop ocean-view suburbs and a historic core, but from miles of industrial yards that surround one of the busiest land border crossings on earth. What many were unaware of was that San Ysidro’s desperation had recently sharpened.

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