Title

That is not what homeless is: A school district’s journey toward serving homeless, doubled-up, and economically displaced children and youth

Document Type

Article

Publication Title

International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education

ISSN

0951-8398

Volume

28

Issue

6

DOI

10.1080/09518398.2015.1017859

First Page

671

Last Page

692

Publication Date

7-29-2015

Abstract

School districts play a key role in identifying, supporting, and educating homeless students. This qualitative case study of a school district in Northern California illustrates how district leadership serves as a bridge between federal policy and local school sites. In this case study, federal funding funneled through the state served as the incentive for the district to reeducate itself on what homelessness is. Four themes emerged concerning the role of districts in serving homeless students: (1) serving the needs of all students includes those who are homeless; (2) state and federal policy incentives can be an important aspect of reculturing a district; (3) once a district adjusts policy, it must make concerted effort to integrate and align other aspects of other district and school site functions; and, (4) once issues of access have been addressed, districts need to consider how to support the educational success of homeless students.