Increasing numbers of homeless students strain schools

10/1/2008 | National Public Radio (text and audio)

High foreclosure rates and a struggling economy are forcing more students into homelessness, with some districts reporting increases of 10% to as much as 40% in their number of homeless students over the past year, according to National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth surveys. "School becomes the most stable part of their day," says Annabelle Suddreth, executive director of a Charlotte, N.C., group that helps homeless children. "You want them to be able to go into the same classroom, sit in the same seat, see the same teacher, because that's normal for them when everything else around them isn't normal."

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