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Homeless students in Fairfax County may set record

Sunday - 10/21/2012, 12:17pm  ET

FAIRFAX, Va. - The number of homeless students in Fairfax County public schools may hit a record-breaking high by the end of the school year.

The Washington Post reports that the count of homeless students may soon surpass 2,500, setting a new record. ( http://wapo.st/TAbtQ8)

The county is one of the wealthiest in the country, but experts believe the rising number of homeless students is tied to the effects of the recession. The total number of homeless students in the county is likely to be 10 times higher than the number from 15 years ago.

School officials say at least 400 of the students classified as homeless are children who live without parents or guardians.

According to the Post, D.C. counted nearly 3,000 homeless students last year and Montgomery County registered more than 800.

Experts say the number of homeless students jumped during the recent recession and has continued to grow.

The federal Department of Education estimates there are more than 1 million homeless students nationwide -- an all-time high.

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Information from: The Washington Post, http://www.washingtonpost.com


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