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When Brittney Barros was suspended in the fifth grade for six months due to too many absences and tardies, she was living in what she described as a nearly abandoned house with a roof caving in, mice, cockroaches and no heat. Later, after experiencing homelessness and years of going in and out of foster care, she faced several in-school suspensions her junior and senior year of high school.
Now 23, Barros is a social worker and an advocate for homeless and foster youth in metro Detroit. And while she graduated high school and college, many in similar childhood circumstances are not as lucky.
Current and former homeless students face disciplinary action including suspension and expulsion in Michigan public schools at a higher rate than their always-housed peers, according to an analysis from the University of Michigan’s Poverty Solutions initiative.