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

Students who don’t have a stable place to live can apply for McKinney Vento status, which allows them to stay in the same school even if their family moves far away – and also allows them to move schools and still be eligible to play sports.   In a few cases, their applications are denied, but they can appeal to the state’s athletic association.  Some say homeless athletes have been coached on what to say to gain homeless status.
Credit:  Seattle Public Schools public records request

Laws aimed at creating some stability in the lives of homeless students are being misused in some Seattle high schools to sidestep academic and anti-recruitment rules. Coaches, former players and several school district officials say adults are teaching students how to gain homeless status but offering little support when the season is over.

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