A recent article in the New York Times details how one school in Orange County Florida were working to educate their students, including those that live in the area's homeless shelters. The children in this story lived in a shelter run by the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida. In fact, 256 of the 751 at the coalition's shelter were children and in Orange County, 2,953 homeless children attend the area's schools.
The story goes into some detail as to how Fern Creek school has had a proven track record of success when it comes to its students, many of which are affected by poverty. These reasons for success, according to Patrick Galatowitsch, the school's principle:
1. Class size - Florida has mandatory class-size limits.
2. Talented, experienced teachers.
3. Firm yet caring discipline.