Record number of public school students nationwide are homeless
Advocates for the homeless say the official data underestimate the scope of the problem because they do not include homeless infants, toddlers and youngsters not enrolled in preschool and may also miss homeless children and teens who were not identified by school officials.
“The new data means that a record number of kids in our schools and communities are spending restless nights in bed-bug infested motels and falling more behind in school by the day because they’re too tired and hungry to concentrate,” said Bruce Lesley, President of the First Focus Campaign for Children.
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