Homeless Students

Should aid programs be expanded?


Students who change schools often because they lack stable housing are less likely to graduate, have lower attendance rates and are twice as likely to repeat a grade. Researchers say 75 percent of those who become homeless during their teen years drop out. Under federal law, most school districts have programs designed to help homeless students enroll and remain in school. In the 2010–2011 school year, the number of homeless students topped 1 million for the first time ever. A steady rise in that statistic since the 1980s, when the majority of homeless children did not attend school, shows that efforts to identify homeless students and get them into the classroom are beginning to pay off. But advocates for the homeless say more needs to ...

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