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ERIC Number: EJ981976
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Apr
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0036-651X
Removing Barriers, Building Futures: Educating Homeless Students
Endres, Christina
School Business Affairs, v78 n4 p8-9 Apr 2012
A lack of stable housing creates challenges for students who want to participate in daily school activities, including: (1) getting to school; (2) accessing laundry or shower facilities; (3) finding a place to study or do homework; and (4) staying awake in class because of inadequate sleep the night before. Despite these and the other challenges, many homeless students are determined to do well in school. They want to rise above their housing situations and often cite a desire to beat the odds as their motivation to stay in school. The McKinney-Vento Education for Homeless Children and Youth Act gives educators an avenue to help these students. A federal law passed more than 20 years ago, the McKinney-Vento Act defines homelessness and details rights and responsibilities for educating children who experience a loss of housing. To help school districts determine the needs of homeless students and match them with appropriate resources, every district is required to appoint a homeless student liaison to lead the process. The liaison is charged with ensuring that students in homeless situations are identified, enrolled, and set up with education and related services. To be effective, they must rely on the help of teachers, administrators, registrars, student services personnel, transportation department staff, and others to help them identify students in need and connect them to resources. To meet all the needs of homeless students, liaisons must also go beyond the school community. For example, by participating in local housing consortia, liaisons can help families access permanent housing, which in turn provides students the stability they need to focus on school. Other successful district-community partnerships may include backpack and school supply drives, interdistrict partnerships to provide transportation, and after-school programming. Homelessness is something many educators never consider until they come face-to-face with it in their schools. But educators' dedication to helping homeless students find a safe, secure place to learn and grow is a poignant example of why many choose the field of education.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Stewart B McKinney Homeless Assistance Act 1987