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As Student Homelessness Worsens, Educators Work to Keep Them in School

Dennis Van Roekel

In October, the Department of Education released data showing a record number of homeless children and youth -- over 1.1 million -- in our public schools. One positive and caring educator can have a truly transformative impact on students’ lives. Through the support and understanding of their teachers and school advocates, homeless students can transcend their situations and embrace the possibility of a limitless future.

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  • Dennis Van Roekel

    Thankfully, some members of Congress are already paying attention. Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., has introduced the Stop Tax Haven Abuse Act, which would close many of the gaping loopholes that allow corporations to dodge taxes by hiding profits and shipping jobs overseas. It would raise $220 billion over 10 years to replace sequester cuts. Mindless, across-the-board budget cuts have already hurt our children. But will Congress ever get its act together and focus on the right priorities? That's the critical question.

    • Liz Dwyer

      Good to know that Levin is on it with the Stop Tax Haven Abuse Act, but that is absolutely the critical question about Congress with this and so many other things. They'll only do it if we the people hold their feet to the fire and demand it.

  • Liz Dwyer

    In light of the data that came out saying that majority of school age kids in the South and the Western states are now living below the poverty line, it's no surprise (although no less shocking) that we're seeing this "71% increase in the number of homeless kids since the recession, starting in 2006-2007.” And, so disturbing, Dennis, that the sequestration limits the amount of money school districts have to help kids. The teachers are absolutely doing their best to make a difference, but how do we bring real political pressure to bear to get folks to provide funding.