Stretched schools tally more student poverty, homelessness

09/1/2008 | NYTimes.com

Even as many U.S. districts are increasingly strapped by growing food and fuel costs, more students are qualifying for free and reduced-price lunches. The number of homeless students in Mobile, Ala., schools, for instance, tripled at the end of the 2007-08 school year over 2006-07 rates and will likely continue to rise, a school social worker said.

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