September 15, 2014: Jane Meredith Adams, covering new data released by Kidsdata and the Caliornia Research Bureau, reported last week on EdSource the increase in the number of homeless children as noted by public school officials:
More than 269,000 California public school students – about 4% of all students, double the national average – don’t have a consistent place to call home at night, according to a state report released [September 10]. More than half of these homeless students are in pre-kindergarten through 5th grade.
[Homeless students are from families who] are doubled up with friends or relatives, living in motels or shelters, or sleeping in cars or on the ground in parks. In the aftermath of the economic recession and with housing prices high, their numbers are rising, the report found. In addition, an unspecified amount of the increase is due to more accurate data reporting, the report said.
Although many homeless students, despite their difficulties, manage to thrive academically, they are in need of academic, emotional and health care support at school, according to “California’s Homeless Students: A Growing Population,” a report from the California Homeless Youth Project, an initiative of the state-run California Research Bureau. The data in the report were released in partnership with kidsdata.org, a database operated by the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health...