Last year California was home to more than 270,000 homeless children, a number that’s been growing steadily due to the housing crisis. Those children live in almost every district in the state and have unique educational needs. EdSource takes a close look at the challenges these children face, and what schools and communities are doing to help.
'Tidal wave of factors,' including skyrocketing housing costs, has led to an increase of nearly 50%.
Two San Francisco Bay Area districts are expanding outreach to their most vulnerable students including those who are homeless, foster youth.
Special education, homeless and foster students are priority groups that can return in separate cohorts with up to 14 children and two adults.
Forthcoming guidance permitting limited openings will apply to districts in counties on the coronavirus watch list, where schools are shut down.
Five ways schools can prioritize the academic success and well-being of students.
As food needs for California's community college students have increased, their campus food pantries face stagnant budgets.
Cerritos College opens state’s first exclusive housing for homeless community college students.
So far, almost no money in federal coronavirus aid bills has been set aside for students with unstable housing.
Just as they are being asked to do more, districts will have less.
College staff who work with students and understand their needs are key.
Many homeless students may be “lost to school forever” as campuses closed in response to the pandemic, advocates fear.
Cristina Zetino alternates between three different homes throughout the week while juggling work and classes.
Test scores are only one measure of a student, but they can be used to dispel stereotypes and promote higher achievement, superintendent says.
Fewer districts will require help from county offices, but colors tell a bigger story; disparities among student groups persist.
California schools must do a better job of counting and providing services to homeless students, audit says.