ERIC Number: EJ718641
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Feb
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Educating Homeless Children
Techniques: Connecting Education and Careers, v79 n2 p25-29 Feb 2004
In 1954, the United States Supreme Court, in a landmark decision known as Brown v. Board of Education, said, "Today education is perhaps the most important function of state and local governments...it is the principal instrument in awakening the child to cultural values and preparing him for later professional training and in helping him to adjust normally to his environment. In these days, it is doubtful, that any child may reasonably be expected to succeed in life if he is denied the opportunity of an education." There is little argument that every child deserves the best education our country offers. The recognition of homeless children and their right to the same education as those children in a traditional family setting was the impetus of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act. With the help of McKinney-Vento funding, many local educators have created environments where homeless children can learn, grow and feel good about themselves. There have also been a number of independent facilities popping up around the country to assist in providing a place where the homeless child can be educated while feeling safe and secure. These schools provide a learning place where the homeless child can feel less stigmatized, more comfortable and not embarrassed by the circumstances that take him or her there. Educational options for homeless students are a key element in ensuring that once their education begins, they will seek out places to learn and grow as they move from one temporary shelter to another.
Descriptors: Disadvantaged Youth, Children, Homeless People, Access to Education, Student Needs, Special Needs Students, High Risk Students, Potential Dropouts, School Holding Power, Student Mobility
Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) Headquarters, 1410 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314. Tel: 703-683-3111.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers - Location: United States