Homeless youth and educational policy: A case study of urban youth in a metropolitan area
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Living on the boundaries: Urban marginality in national and international contexts
Carol C. Yeakey
This chapter examines the educational barriers that homeless youth face in one large urban area. The text reviews the McKinney–Vento Homeless Assistance Act and discusses how California has attempted to follow the federal mandates, and the implications for Los Angeles. The chapter utilizes interviews with 120 homeless youth and 45 policymakers, school counselors, and after-school program coordinators in Los Angeles to understand how youth experience the education system. The authors identify aspects of the federal mandate that impede the educational progress of homeless youth. The findings highlight that homeless youth are not a homogenous group and educational supports need to be designed recognizing the diversity of their needs. Implications for policy and program implementation are discussed as they pertain to one large city in order to generate future research that might support, contradict, or expand upon the findings.
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Tierney, William G. and Hallett, Ronald E., "Homeless youth and educational policy: A case study of urban youth in a metropolitan area" (2012). Benerd College Faculty Books and Book Chapters. 3.