A homeless student struggles towards graduation


This week, the U.S. Department of Education issued guidelines to states and school districts for supporting homeless children.

Over one million homeless students are enrolled in K-12 schools in the United States.

Due to their lack of housing, many of them struggle in school. Research has found homeless children struggle with vocabulary and sentence formation. Homeless students score lower on standardized tests and are more likely to drop out than their peers.

Laura Yuen (@laura_yuen) of Minnesota Public Radio followed one homeless high school senior in the suburbs of Minneapolis over the course of this past school year.

Her story is part of MPR’s Minnesota Graduation Gap series.