March 16, 2009

 In the first part of today’s show, Marc sat down with Baltimore City Schools CEO Dr. Andres Alonso to discuss the new school reform program he proposed this week. Under Dr. Alonso’s plan, 179 jobs would be cut from the central office of the system, and failing schools across the city would be closed or combined with other schools.

Then, four guests joined Marc in the studio to discuss a problem that’s increasingly affecting youth in Baltimore – a doubling of the rate of homeless students in the past year.

Our panelists were:

Francine Hahn, Attorney at the Homeless Persons’ Representation Project.

Betty Schulz, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner who works for the Healthcare for the Homeless program at Mercy Hospital.

Annette White, homeless services liason for Baltimore City Public Schools. Ms. White runs programs in shelters for after school homework help.

Louise Fink, director of interagency support for the Baltimore City Public Schools.  

Read WEAA reporter Melody Simmons‘ piece on youth homelessness at the Investigative Voice.

Written by Marc Steiner

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1 Comment

  1. Sally Dworak-Fisher says:

    I tried to call into the show today, but time ran out. I wanted to add
    that, aside from the stigma, many homeless students and their families are
    unaware of their rights under the federal McKinney-Vento Act. We have
    worked on this issue for years, and find this to be a significant issue. To address this, we (the Public Justice Center) recently produced a video
    that is available for free, entitled “Beyond Debate.” We’d like to have it
    showing in any waiting room or library or wherever homeless or potentially
    homeless students may be. You can watch it on our website
    ( or call us for a free copy 410.625.9409.


    Sally Dworak-Fisher

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