Homeless students drawn to Seattle schools by sports are often cast aside when the season’s over

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Homeless students deserve unencumbered access to a high-quality education and extracurricular activities. This principle is guaranteed through the hard work of educators (including some loyal subscribers to this newsletter!) and via the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, which provides, for instance, that homeless students may enroll in a new school without proof of residency, and that homeless students do not have to maintain a 2.0 grade point average in order to participate in sports. This article uncovers a possible scandal in Seattle, where competing high school football coaches (many of them African American) may be encouraging student-athletes (also many of them African American) to claim homeless status in order to sidestep district policies and to gain an advantage over their opponents. It’s an intriguing story that raises issues of race plus a ton of questions, including, “What’s the line between supporting young people and exploiting them?” Credit goes to loyal subscriber Ben for this submission — thank you!

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