Education Stability

Every kid should have access to an education. But barriers often keep kids from attending and succeeding in school. Paperwork requirements, zoning policies, fees, school uniform rules, and transportation policies can make it hard for students who are homeless or in foster care to enroll and attend classes. Overuse of suspension and expulsion can push kids out of school without addressing the underlying causes of behavior. These practices often have the harshest impact on children of color.

The Public Justice Center’s Education Stability Project seeks to advance equity in public education by eliminating barriers to school enrollment and success that confront black and brown children, homeless children, children in foster care, and other historically excluded and underserved students. We use a range of legal and advocacy tools to improve the systems that educate Maryland’s youth.

In particular, the Education Stability Project:

Helps children who are homeless or in foster care stay in school.

Addresses practices that push students out of school, including suspension, expulsion, transfers to alternative school, and negative school climate. As part of this work, the PJC represents students through the Maryland Suspension Representation Project.

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