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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.

School cafeteria leftovers can feed the community

Ray Bendici
May, 2016
Packaged items, crackers, milk, fruits and vegetables are among the items most often donated by schools.

A widespread belief that it’s illegal to give away extra or uneaten school food no longer has any basis in reality. The federal Good Samaritan Act allows schools to donate crackers, milk, fruits, vegetables and other items that would otherwise go to waste.

Improving communities by improving schools

Tiffany Anderson
September, 2015

Schools are the center of the community and when schools are transformed in positive ways, communities are transformed. The continued rise of poverty is not surprising when policies and practices that could contribute to eliminating poverty are not addressed well. The foundation of systematic oppression is rooted in practices that contribute to a system becoming self-perpetuating because the conditions are institutionalized and habits are formed that are not interrupted.

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