Homeless students in public education
Youth Academic Advocates are an integral part of the way school districts accommodate homeless students, but a recent decision by the Columbus City School District has reclassified these workers as civil service employees, eliminating their union status. In response, the Columbus teacher’s union has filed labor practices charges against the district.
We’ll take a look at the controversy surrounding this change and the challenges public schools face assisting homeless students in K-12.
- Talisa Dixon, Superintendent and Chief Executive Officer, Columbus City Schools
- Machelle Kline, Chief of Student Services, Columbus City Schools
- Amy Bradley, Youth Academic Advocate, Project Connect
- Susannah Wayland, State Homeless Education Coordinator, Ohio Department of Education
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