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April 8, 2019
‘I’m the adult’: Why this Colorado English teacher never gives up on her students
This Colorado teacher talks about what mantra she repeats daily, how she helped students rethink stereotypes, and why she sometimes has to “walk around the trash can.”
December 6, 2018
Too few Michigan students are showing up to school. This study says fix unstable housing, not schools.
A new study suggests that the best way to address chronic absenteeism is to stabilize housing.
November 1, 2018
New York City will spend $12 million on new supports for homeless students
New York City is revamping the way it supports homeless students, with 100 new coordinators inside schools with a high percentage of children who lack…
October 16, 2018
Rise & Shine: With homelessness on the rise, New York City schools look to counselors, social workers and other support services for more help
TRIAGING NEED Although the city has made strides toward providing more counselors in New York City’s schools, those who work on the frontlines…
Poverty in America
January 19, 2018
A Memphis woman’s tragic death prompts reflection: Could vacant schools help fight homelessness?
Across America, some cities have converted empty school buildings into affordable housing or homeless shelters.
April 14, 2017
If school is a haven for homeless students, what happens over spring break? For these kids, a mini-musical
A spring arts camp gives students in temporary housing a place to spend their recess -- and a chance to perform.
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October 11, 2016
Why do New York City’s homeless students struggle in school?
The IBO set out to pinpoint exactly which obstacles are holding homeless students back from learning by conducting roughly 100 interviews.
Beyond the classroom
June 22, 2016
City works with schools on ‘day of action’ to combat homelessness
The city is working with schools to conduct outreach combating homelessness over the summer months.
April 25, 2016
Young and homeless: a tough road for a growing number of Colorado students
Gentrification and slow-to-rebound local economies are among the factors that have led to big increases in homeless students in several Colorado school districts.
March 28, 2016
Homeless student numbers spike in some Colorado districts, according to KIDS COUNT report
Homeless student numbers jumped significantly in Mesa County, Denver and Pueblo, according to the latest KIDS Count report.
cry for help
February 5, 2016
Four sobering facts about the city’s 86,000 homeless students
New York City’s worsening homelessness crisis is taking a punishing toll on tens of thousands of students.
By the numbers
September 22, 2015
How much does homelessness affect school performance? New York City aims to find out
The city will award a $100,000 contract to a research group to measure every school’s population of high-needs students and how that affects their performance.
October 18, 2011
Council presses city agencies to do more for homeless students
Seth Diamond, commissioner of the Department of Homeless Services and Kathleen Grimm, DOE deputy chancellor, testify before a city council hearing on education barriers facing homeless youth. Despite improvements, the city is still falling short at protecting homeless students from disruptions to their education, advocates told members of the City Council today. Education committee chair Robert Jackson said he convened a hearing on obstacles facing homeless students in part to follow up on the story, reported by the Daily News last year, of a high school student who was unable to take a required Regents exam because she had to spend the day with her family going through the city's shelter intake process. Since then, the Department of Homeless Services revised its policy to excuse children from most of the lengthy intake process. "We're pleased that this harmful policy was changed," Jackson said. But he said, "This is but one example of the hardships faced by homeless students. DHS's placement of families in shelters outside of their original community, combined with the [Department of Education]'s busing restrictions, lead to many students in shelters having to transfer schools, thereby disrupting their education." DOE and DHS officials said they are increasingly collaborating to help students classified as homeless, who have quadrupled since 2008 to more than 65,000 and who make up a significant portion of students who are chronically absent from school. But the officials said they could do more to help more support students' legal right to remain enrolled at their "school of origin," the school they were enrolled in before becoming homeless. DOE Deputy Chancellor Kathleen Grimm said the DOE has counted 50,000 students in temporary housing, 20,000 of them in shelters. "Our number indicates about 65 percent remain in their school of origin," she said. "We have no idea why parents move a child from a school, and maybe that's something we could address." Advocates said the answer could be found in the city's policies about school transportation and placement. "Unfortunately, specific practices at DOE and DHS all but guarantee educational instability for a large swath of homeless students," testified Jared Stein, the assistant director of New York State Technical and Education Assistance Center for Homeless Students, an advocacy group that helps school districts work with homeless students.
August 19, 2010
Push to boost attendance begins with a single letter home
The city sent letters to the parents of more than 5,000 frequently absent students today, urging them to make sure their children come to school in September. When school starts, phone calls will follow the letters, Mayor Bloomberg said today, describing the first fruits of the interagency task force on chronic absenteeism he convened in June. Following the task force's recommendations, the city is launching a campaign to boost attendance among the most absent students at 25 schools. Bloomberg announced the campaign, called "Every Student, Every Day," today at Brooklyn's PS 345, where 91 percent of students attended on average last year. The city's 90.74 percent average attendance masks the fact that 20 percent of students missed more than 20 days of school last year, Bloomberg said. That figure was first reported by Center for New York City researchers in a 2009 report that called on the city to marshal the efforts of city agencies and community groups. The 25 schools participating in the Every Student, Every Day pilot will assign volunteers from programs such as City Year, Citizen Schools, and Learning Leaders to mentor the most frequently absent 1,500 students. They'll also host special attendance-focused parent meetings early this fall.
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