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Number of homeless students on the rise

By November 25, 2009March 19th, 2015No Comments


It’s easy to spot homeless people on the street. It’s not so easy to spot them in schools. And yet as Jody Lawrence-Turner of the Spokesman–Review reports, there are more homeless students than ever in Eastern Washington and Idaho.

School districts there are “well on their way to surpassing the number of homeless students enrolled last year by at least 20 percent,” she writes. The trend mirrors a nationwide rise in the number of students who have had to leave homes that were foreclosed on, who are living in shelters, or who are hopping from couch to couch.

The Spokesman-Review also put together a sortable database of homeless students by school district.

Washington ranks 12th-highest in the country for number of homeless children. Lack of stability for those kids can disrupt their learning, and their future.

U.S. Sens. Patty Murray, and Al Franken have each introduced bills that would provide more funding for transportation and outreach to help homeless kids.

 — Carol Smith

Carol Smith

Carol Smith


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