The story of Minneapolis' success at keeping homeless kids in school has been covered extensively locally, and now it gets a write-up in the new issue of Time:
Over the past two decades, Minneapolis' 33,000-student district has seen a steady increase in the number of homeless kids, as the Twin Cities area has hemorrhaged manufacturing jobs and the supply of affordable housing has dwindled. The recession has worsened the problem: between July and December, Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) tallied nearly 20% more homeless students than during the same period the year before. Perhaps out of necessity, the district has become a national model for how to identify what it refers to as "highly mobile students" and ensure that their education is not interrupted. Case in point: Since September, when second-grader Ty'jhanae Walker moved with her family to a shelter across town from her school, the 7-year-old has ridden a bus an hour each way so she can keep going to Ramsey International Fine Arts Center. Her mother Denise Powe wants her to stick with the K-8 school -- which currently has at least 24 other students classified as highly mobile -- because she doesn't want Ty'jhanae to fall behind. "Different schools learn at different paces, so I'm really pushing for her to stay in Ramsey," Powe says. "Moving Ty'jhanae is going to be my very last resort. Her education is my life."