ERIC Number: ED348438
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
In the Shadow of Opportunity: Removing Barriers and Creating Success for America's Homeless Children and Youth. A Policy Statement.
National Association of State Coordinators for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth, Austin, TX.
This report highlights selected states' attempts to meet the requirements of the 1990 amendments to the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act (SMHAA), which lays the groundwork for assuring that homeless children and youth have access to and success in schools. A homeless child's success story and an issue that impacts a state's ability to respond to homeless children's and youth's educational needs are each summarized for 25 states and the District of Columbia. With increased funding for fiscal year (FY) 1992, some states are expanding after-school tutorial and homework assistance projects, local projects that provide support services to address the special needs of runaway and homeless youth, alternative school programs, or initiatives that address the need for school supplies, clothing, transportation, and self-awareness. Whether the issue is full funding, the 35-50 percent requirement, transportation, or the need to increase minimum state allotments, each state's challenge is to ensure that no homeless child is left in the shadow of an opportunity to be successful in school. While no substitute for a permanent home, schools can offer the continuity, security, sense of belonging, and normalcy in a homeless child's otherwise turbulent life. Legislators, advocates, parents, and educators must work together to remove barriers that impinge on a homeless child's school success. Appendixes include a table showing actual FY 1991 grants and estimated FY 1992 grants for the 50 states, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and outlying U.S. territories, and a list of 59 state homeless coordinators of the SMHAA. (RLC)
Descriptors: Affirmative Action, Compensatory Education, Compliance (Legal), Disadvantaged Youth, Economically Disadvantaged, Educational Legislation, Educationally Disadvantaged, Elementary School Students, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Federal Programs, Homeless People, Low Income Groups, Public Education, Secondary School Students, Special Needs Students, State Programs
Maryland State Department of Education, 200 W. Baltimore Street, 4th Floor, Baltimore, MD 21201.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Association of State Coordinators for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth, Austin, TX.
Identifiers: Stewart B McKinney Homeless Assistance Act 1987