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Foreclosure, housing instability can affect students

School can be stressful for some students during the best of times. An Indiana University research has found that economic woes, in the form of home foreclosures, can have a lasting impact on children’s academic performance.

home foreclosure sign“We know that, if a family is foreclosed, it can involve a huge amount of stress in the home,” said says Ashlyn Aiko Nelson, an associate professor in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at IU Bloomington. “And the sort of financial stress that would precipitate a foreclosure would contribute to adverse outcomes for children, for their health and emotional well-being as well as academic outcomes.”

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Nelson said the growing popularity of “school choice” may have lessened the negative impact of foreclosure. Some schools and districts have adopted open-enrollment policies, potentially allowing students to remain at the same school when their family relocates. In some locales, children can attend charter schools where enrollment doesn’t depend on where the family lives.

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