Low-income children are also more likely than their peers to move (change residence and often school or district) frequently. Not all mobility is harmful in itself, apart from the associated factors that sometimes result in frequent moves, such as family disruption, housing stress, and poverty. Certain kinds of school mobility, however, have a negative effect on children’s educational progress. Negative effects are found in children who move the most frequently, with the impact increasing with each move. The impact of frequent moves is greatest on younger children and on children with other risk factors, such as homelessness. There is a significant relationship between mobility and both lower school achievement and dropping out, and student mobility has a negative impact on schools as well.
Psalm 18:36 (ESV)
You gave a wide place for my steps under me,
and my feet did not slip.
You are the shepherd of the school children of the Mississippi Delta. You make them lie down in green pastures and lead them by still waters. You restore their souls. You lead them in paths of righteousness for Your name’s sake. May they find a wide place for their steps in You. Amen.