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Realizing the Right to Education for NYC’s Homeless Children: Identifying and removing barriers

Teall, Emily

This thesis investigates the means by which New York City’s public schools, individually and collectively, can and do support the education of growing numbers of homeless students. My thesis investigates laws, policies, and individual ad-hoc practices that affect public schools, seeking to assess layers of practice against human rights standards. My research is derived from survey results and interviews with school administrators, faculty, teachers, and social workers. I identify problems that homeless students face and innovative solutions that schools implement. My research concurs with preexisting literature that transportation to school is a critical issue, yet adds that mental and emotional health is even more pressing. My research also delves into problems and solutions rising from: lack of coordination with providers of services for homeless parents and students; insufficient food, amenities, and basic facilities; and insufficient supports for homeless students with disabilities. My surveys and interviews collect information on ad-hoc supportive tactics, uncovering the most common and innovative methods of ameliorating such barriers.

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Academic Units
Institute for the Study of Human Rights
Thesis Advisors
Winkler, Inga T.
Degree
M.A., Columbia University
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