Sep 14, 2009
The number of homeless students has been surging. With increasing unemployment and house foreclosures, there were more than one million homeless school children in the U.S. last spring. This is twice the number from two years before. There will surely be many more this school year, with the big increase in unemployment, evictions and foreclosures.
Educating such children is difficult or impossible. These children face the hardships of no place to live, and sometimes not enough to eat.
Federal law requires school districts to keep track of homeless students and provide them with any needed special transportation to school. However, the federal government does not provide money for such services. So school districts must use local and state money to pay for the special transportation and meals, taking the money from other educational needs.
Those responsible for homelessness should pay to educate the children they are harming. Let the big bankers, Wall Street speculators, real estate wheeler-dealers and corporations pay!