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Homeless US students record high

ba118a2bb3a0ec86ab17a49d7b0b3b65_LAccording to new government data, American public schools enrolled over a million homeless students during the 2011-2012 school year, the highest number on record.

Figures from the US Department of Education show that 1.1 million students were homeless last school year, a 10 percent increase since the 2010-2011 school year.
The number of homeless students in US public schools has increased by 72 percent since the beginning of the recession in 2007, the report said.
Bruce Lesley, president of the children’s advocacy group First Focus, said in a statement, “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”.
North Dakota faced a 212 percent increase in student homelessness just since the 2010-2011 school year. Michigan, Maine, North Carolina, Wyoming, Vermont and South Dakota all experienced more than a 20 percent increase.
California, New York, Texas, and Florida have the highest number of homeless students.

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