Schools In Vancouver, WA, Have Prioritized Helping Students And Families In Poverty
The mission of public schools is to provide an education to all students, but in many cases they’ve also become a de facto social safety net.
The Seattle Times reported in a recent feature that schools in Vancouver, Washington, have become a model for providing help to students and families in need. In response to increasing poverty among its students, the district has created family-community resource centers in more than half its schools.
Neal Morton of the Seattle Times Education Lab team sat down with KNKX to talk about his story and the school employees, students and families he met in the course of his reporting.