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Route to refugee success in schools

Matt Zalaznick
October, 2016
Social-emotional support: Harrisonburg City Schools in Virginia has hired more counselors, interpreters and psychologists to smooth the transition for the 100 new refugees the 6,000-student district receives each year.

Young refugees who have fled foreign war zones, religious violence and dire poverty represent some of the country’s most “at-risk” students. In one New York district, for instance, refugee students who recently heard alarms during a fire drill worried the school was being bombed.

Confronting a hidden education crisis

Tim Goral
September, 2016

In the 2013-14 school year, there were more than 1.3 million homeless students, a 7 percent increase from the previous year and more than double the number in 2006-07. While that number is troubling, researchers believe it’s only the tip of the iceberg.

In-school dental care lifts student performance

Ryan Lacey
September, 2016
One in four California sixth-graders has never seen a dentist. A student at Harmon Johnson Elementary School in Sacramento, above, gets a cleaning. A University of the Pacific study helped establish on-site dental care to high-needs schools.

A quarter of California students have never seen a dentist by the time they complete fifth grade, according to a recently completed six-year study by the University of the Pacific.

ESSA strengthens services for homeless students

Matt Zalaznick
September, 2016
The Every Student Succeeds Act requires districts to grant homeless students credits for work done in other school systems.

The number of homeless students increased in the 2016-17 school year to about 1.3 million—doubling since 2006-07. Districts and states that have done the best job graduating homeless students have now seen some of their practices enshrined in federal law as part of the Every Student Succeeds Act.

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