- ‘Terrific students can be found anywhere’: One scholar’s path from homeless shelter to halls of Georgetown
More than 1.2 million homeless students were enrolled in public schools last year. On top of homework, they face challenges like getting enough to eat and finding shelter that meets basic living standards. The NewsHour’s April Brown introduces one student who tackled all of that to become high school valedictorian and a freshman at one of the nation’s top universities. Continue reading
WASHINGTON — The number of homeless school children is rising in U.S. schools.
Education Department statistics released Monday say 1.3 million homeless children were enrolled in U.S. schools in the 2012-2013 school year — an 8 percent increase from the previous school year. Continue reading
A new report released last week by the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty observed an increase in laws targeting the homeless, such as bans on loitering, sitting and sleeping in public. Join us in a Twitter chat on the ethics and effectiveness of such laws, 1-2 p.m. EDT Thursday, July 24. Continue reading
Increasingly, laws that criminalize homelessness are cropping up in cities throughout the country, while simultaneously, a national shortage of shelter beds and housing options is roiling the system. Continue reading
Finishing high school can be an uphill battle; for homeless students, it can be like facing a mountain of challenges. The Los Angeles County Unified School District’s Homeless Education Program is designed to provide assistance to students who don’t have a place to live. David Nazar of PBS SoCal reports on efforts to help LA’s homeless youth reach graduation. Continue reading
Mental health funding has suffered cuts and negligence in recent decades, leaving hundreds of thousands of Americans on the streets, behind bars, in homeless shelters, or simply isolated and miserable. With their new series “The Cost of Not Caring,” USA Today hopes to incite compassion for the mentally ill by telling their stories. Judy Woodruff talks to Liz Szabo of USA Today. Continue reading
- [caption id="attachment_103650" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Twenty percent of students leave high school without graduating according to a report released today from GradNation, a campaign of America’s Promise Alliance. But why? Photo by Flickr user Milken Community Schools[/caption]
While a report released earlier this year shows the U.S. has reached a record milestone achievement of an 80 percent graduation rate, GradNation and The Center for Promise at Tufts University set out to understand why young people leave high school before graduation, investigating experiences that lead them astray in a new report released today. Continue reading
If the chilling air invaded your city, you were most likely warned to arm yourself with gloves and hats and stay bundled indoors. Unfortunately, there are some without proper shelter or resources to stay warm. Here’s how you can help your homeless neighbors.
Video still by PBS NewsHour Check out the excellent coverage by the reporters on the ground @yesevamoore of @FreeTimesSC. Hari Sreenivasan reported how various cities from Bogota, Columbia to Columbia, S.C. are responding to homelessness.