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New Study by Centro Finds 5% Enrollment Increase among Puerto Ricans in Florida Schools after Hurricane Maria

The Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College (Centro) estimates that 10,324 Puerto Rican students have already enrolled.


In light of the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria, the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College (Centro) has released a new report that estimates the total number of Puerto Ricans enrolled in Florida schools districts and the areas most impacted by the loss of school enrollment and school closings in Puerto Rico.

Thousands of Puerto Ricans have already been forced from the island, with more arriving each day.  Florida officials estimate that over 200,000 Puerto Ricans have made their way to the state since September 20.

In this report, Centro’s survey of school districts and data provided by the Florida Governor’s Office indicate that 10,324 Puerto Rican students have enrolled in Florida school districts after September 20, 2017. School enrollment data is considered a more reliable indicator of permanent migration than other data currently available. In Puerto Rico, authorities are challenged by the drastic decline in enrollment and school closings.

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