Numbers of Haitian Students in Browards Schools: 587 and Counting
But it's not enough to put the Haitian refugees in classrooms. It's another to pay for their education and a host of other necessary services. Especially when they arrive at the same time as Broward County is learning that its home values, which are the basis for the taxes integral to school funding, plummeted in 2009.
This is the same district that struggled mightily to close a massive budget gap last year -- which was already going to be in a crisis state before the earthquake struck in Haiti, leading to the enrollment of several hundred needy students, now spread across 145 Broward schools and 18 charter schools.