Issues in the schoolhouse

Students deal with numerous issues outside of the classroom that affect their performance in schools. Students regularly have to deal with societal issues ranging from poverty, homelessness and hunger to bullying, suicide and drug use. These resources can assist districts in helping their students.

Diverse student learning: In the public schools context, however, diversity and inclusion encompasses a much wider variety of students that are protected by certain legal requirements, including economically disadvantaged students, foster children, homelessness, individuals with disabilities, LGBT students, pregnant and parenting teens and racial, ethnic or religious minorities.

Smarter investment can help ease looming education crisis: Shifting demographics, poverty pose challenges, February 2017 — A policy and planning analyst from Ohio State University's Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity focuses on the crisis of poverty and its impact on the education of children of color.

Students on Board bullying resources - a tool kit with reports, articles, videos, OSBA anti-bullying policy guidance and other information aimed at keeping kids safe and free from bullying in school.

Suicide prevention resources - According to the Centers for Disease Control, suicide is the third leading cause of death among persons aged 10-14 and the second among persons aged 15-34 years. To assist school districts in supporting students and families, OSBA has compiled research-based information regarding student suicide.