Sunday, October 27, 2013

RECORD NUMBER OF U.S. STUDENTS HOMELESS


Her family is facing eviction, but Charity Crowell, 9, and her younger brother are enrolled in elementary school in Asheville, N.C. (photo: Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times)
Her family is facing eviction, but Charity Crowell, 9, and her younger brother are enrolled in elementary school in Asheville, N.C. (photo: Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times)

Record Number of US Students Homeless

By Maya Rhodan, TIME Magazine
27 October 13

FROM READER SUPPORTED NEWS
RECORD NUMBER OF U.S. STUDENTS HOMELESS 
ublic schools across the country enrolled 1.1 million homeless students during the 2011-2012 school year, the highest number on record, according to new data from the Department of Education.
The number of homeless students in public schools has increased by 72 percent since the beginning of the recession. North Dakota faced a 212 percent increase just since the 2010-2011 school year. Michigan, Maine, North Carolina, Wyoming, Vermont and South Dakota all faced increases above 20%.
California, New York, Texas, and Florida have the highest number of homeless students.
"Headlines are filled with indicators that the economy is improving, but the record numbers of homeless students show that children and their families are still feeling the effects of a tough economy," Bruce Lesley, president of the children's advocacy group First Focus, said in a statement.