Essay about Impact of Homelessness on Child Education

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Educating the youth in America affects the economy and our future. The National Center on Family Homelessness (2010) reported during the 2005-2006 school year that an estimated 1.16 million children did not graduate from high school. Research shows that dropouts are more likely to be less healthy, die young, become parents at a young age, interact with the criminal justice system, need social assistance, and their children are more likely to become dropouts (Amos, 2008). According to the Alliance for Excellent Education (2011), the number of students that dropped out of Tennessee high schools from the class of 2010 was 28,200 students.
Broadbent (2008) noted that the primary barrier homeless youth experience is maintaining the link to
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Unemployment rate for Tennessee dropouts as of 2007 was 11.31% (D'Andrea, 2010).
The purpose of this doctoral project is to analyze the possible causes of educational barriers that impede access to education and impact the potential wages of homeless children in Tennessee. Education and training could impact the potential future wages of children and youth (Day, 2011; Greenstone & Looney, 2011). The focus of Section 1 is to address the issue of homelessness and the impact that dropouts have on the economic future of the United States.
Background of the Problem
Bradley (2011) reported the homeless population of children is rising. Some researchers argue that intervention can help address issues of homelessness and poverty particularly as it relates to barriers to earning a high school education (Books, 2007; Johnson & Cnaan, 1995; Knowlton, 2006; National Center on Family Homelessness, 2010, Newman, 1999; Polakow, 2007; Quint, 1994).
Homelessness directly prevents children and youth from accessing education on a regular basis. Homeless individuals are often single parents with children (Swick & Williams, 2010). The parents living situation directly impacts the children in the family. After enrollment into a public school, homeless children are confronted with issues, such as limited school supplies, lack of proper clothing, health problems, and transportation issues that impede their regular attendance (Dykeman, 2011). Homelessness among children can result in

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