Sep 01, 2016 09:23 AM EDT
Homeless Students Are Getting The Much Needed Attention Through New Education Law
Currently, the count of homeless students that are attending schools in the United States are over 1.3 million. The number, according to reports, has doubled since ten years ago.
And if this is not stopped, the number is expected to grow. What is needed is that school administrators are being pushed to find out the particular individuals who are actual homeless students. Homeless students, according to ABC News, are considered but are not limited to those who are living in other people's homes. Some kids and their families are staying in places such as motels, cars and even campgrounds. They still attend school even if they do not have a permanent address. The struggle is when they move around and they do not have the paper work to show for when it comes to transfer processes.
Now, school administrators are being urged to keep them in school even if they lack the papers. Schools will relax enrollment procedures and it is critical that they connect these homeless students with their school services as soon as possible.
Starting October 1, 2016, a new education law that expands the homeless services will require states to establish achievement and graduation rates for the homeless. The cases of homeless students when it comes to poor results stem from poor grades and chronic absence.
Kris Amundson, a former homeless shelter expert in the National Association of State Boards of Education explains that there are a lot of homeless kids out there. After the big recession that hit America, the number has risen.
These kids find it difficult to succeed outside school. They do not have the paperwork and identification that will help them build a future. Some do not even have a birth certificate and other government records. It makes it impossible for them to get a job. Some homeless students do not have legal guardians as well.
However, soon, more homeless students will see a positive graduation rate and enroll in college. Because under the new education law, the provisions will enable schools to be stable. Students will get credit for the work done.
To make this possible, the 2017 budget proposes a 21% increase for homeless education, according to the U.S. Education Department.
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