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IU Professor Studies Link Between Foreclosure And School

IU assistant professor Ashlyn Nelson is working with researchers from various universities to see whether there's a connection between education and foreclosure

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Ashlyn Nelson is an Assistant Professor in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University.

Indiana University faculty member Ashlyn Nelson and her team of researchers plan to continue work on a study of the relationship between housing foreclosures and student performance.  Nelson says the study will try to determine if there is a connection between student performance and eviction.

“So what we’re doing is we’re tracking students who have experienced foreclosure over time to look at whether or not this affects their academic achievement, their attainment, things like graduating from, the likelihood of graduating from high school, and other measures, like attendance and adverse disciplinary events, like suspensions and expulsions,” said Nelson.

Nelson and her team of researchers from New York University, Northwestern University and the University of Connecticut, will be following kids in the public school districts in New York City, Clearwater and Saint Petersburg, Florida, and San Diego and Fresno, California.

The study is funded by an $800,000 grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

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