Homeless Students Growing Concern in Southeast Missouri
CAPE GIRARDEAU (AP) - Some southeast Missouri school districts are seeing a disturbing trend -- a significant increase in the number of homeless students.
The Southeast Missourian reports that educators in the region are concerned about the surge in students claiming they are homeless.
The Cape Girardeau School District was serving 47 homeless students as of late February, a record. Jackson had 50 homeless students at last count in January, up from 27 in the 2009-2010 school year.
The newspaper reports that the number of homeless students statewide is almost 15,600, up nearly 30 percent from the 2007-2008 school year.