ERIC Number: EJ1167397
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Educating (More and More) Students Experiencing Homelessness: An Analysis of Recession-Era Policy and Practice
Miller, Peter M.
Educational Policy, v27 n5 p805-838 Sep 2013
Rates of student homelessness have increased dramatically throughout the United States in recent years, yet there has been a dearth of scholarly analysis devoted to key organizations' engagement of the issue. Given that the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act has taken on a central, but underexamined role in shaping this engagement, this article analyzes the policy's shaping of school, district, and community responses to conditions of homelessness. Focusing on issues of policy specificity, authority, power, consistency, and stability, the article suggests that McKinney-Vento has had a positive, yet limited influence on schools and students. For more widespread and effective implementation of the policy, it is suggested that appropriate, consistent, and strategically managed funding and interorganizational collaboration are critical. These implications for research, policy, and practice are framed as being especially relevant amid the recession era, during which the crisis of homelessness in the United States has become increasingly severe.
Descriptors: Homeless People, Students, Federal Legislation, Public Policy, Program Implementation, Economic Climate, School Community Programs, Educational Policy, Urban Schools, Student Rights, Norms, School Districts, Grants, Federal Aid, Educational Trends, Educational Legislation, Elementary Secondary Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Stewart B McKinney Homeless Assistance Act 1987; American Recovery and Reinvestment Act 2009; No Child Left Behind Act 2001; Elementary and Secondary Education Act
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