ERIC Number: ED378250
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
A Long Way from Home: Chicago's Homeless Children and the Schools.
When a child has lost his or her permanent housing and experiences the stress of a family crisis, the additional loss of a familiar school and its context may well be devastating. A basic educational need of children is continuity and stability in schooling. Yet most children (142 Chicago, Illinois families in shelters) interviewed in this investigation attended three or more schools in the 1990-1991 school year. The consequences of these problems are obvious and unrelenting: truancy, failure and dropouts, repeating a grade year, failing to obtain credit for time served, being routed to a track of school failure. The social cost is calamitous. Not a single parent or child interviewed had been offered a choice of continuing enrollment in their home school. None had heard of the McKinney Act or been informed of options by school personnel or shelter employees. Yet more than two-thirds of the parents indicated that they would prefer to have their children continue at their home schools. No family interviewed received transportation assistance to school, except for children in special education schools. Basic provisions of the law are not being implemented. Nine appendixes provide supplemental information and present some correspondence related to homeless children. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Poverty and Race Research Action Council, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago, IL.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Stewart B McKinney Homeless Assistance Act 1987