Commentary: We shouldn’t have homeless children in America | McClatchy
One million schoolchildren are homeless in America. That’s an intolerable number, and it’s likely to rise unless we do something about it. For homeless school-age children — with precarious living arrangements and the daily struggles to find food and shelter — attending school is an uphill battle. At least one-fifth do not attend school at all. Often, there is no transportation from shelters to school. And for those homeless students who do attend, they have more academic problems, are suspended twice as often, and are more likely to repeat a grade. Their math and reading scores are 16 percent lower, and only one in four graduates from high school. We are punishing these school-age kids for the sins of our economic and social policies. Starting with President Reagan, the federal government has made one cut after another in the social safety net. President Clinton overturned our welfare policies. And Presidents Bush father and son both were unfriendly to the poor.