‘Reading, Writing, Evicted’: How Housing Woes Hurt Students and Schools
New series looks at academic and health effects of student mobility (EWA Radio: Episode 161)
In Portland, Oregon, so-called “no cause” evictions are forcing hundreds of students to switch schools — sometimes more than once — during the course of the academic year. That leaves individual kids struggling to stay on track academically, and schools scrambling to high rates of student turnover. In a new series for The Oregonian, Bethany Barnes looks at how a surge in evictions forced one county to rethink its approach to wraparound services, how teachers and individual schools are stepping up to help, and possible solutions to approaching the problem of student mobility. She also offers tips for making the most of classroom visits, building trust among families who are often in vulnerable circumstances, and story ideas for local reporters covering the interaction of housing and public schools.