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Issue #108 (Spring 2012) issue cover
School
Shelter From the Storm

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A recent study showed a high rate of foster kids being prescribed powerful antipsychotic drugs; a new congressional group is investigating. (full text)

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For foster care youth, school can be both a struggle and a haven from the chaos of life in care. Ashunte introduces this issue describing his own difficulties in college. (full text)

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Marisa has always viewed school as a happy escape, but her dedication to education is put to the test when, at 16, she moves into her own apartment. School is two hours a way, and college deadlines loom. (full text)

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Danica's big school is staffed by rude security guards, distracted teachers, and a bad guidance counselor. She falls behind. (full text)

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Freshman year, Otis doesn't get his books until late in the semester and realizes his study skills are lacking. He flunks out, but vows to return. (full text)

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Represent reporters ask the head of NYC's Administration for Children's Services what he will do to help teens in care. (full text)

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Shawn is sick, but a trip to the doctor doesn't help. Jasmine encourages him to go back to the clinic and advocate for himself.

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Marlo's lust for money gets him in trouble, but he learns to redirect that desire into a plan to become an accountant. (full text)

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A criminal history can be an obstacle to getting into college and, in some cases, getting financial aid. However, it shouldn't stop you from applying. (full text)

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Did you know there are different types of high school diplomas? Or that foster kids can get free money for college? Read on to get the details. (full text)

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After several years in an RTC where all his decisions were made for him, Anthony has to push himself both to choose a school and then to find people to hang out with. (full text)

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Essay contests winners describe how they've redefined the word "family". (full text)

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Lessons include prompts for discussion and writing on two stories from this issue, "From Inmate to College Student" and "The New Kid," plus a video and activity.
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