Homeless students increasing in suburban schools

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.--- Indiana Department of Education statistics show the number of homeless students in the state is growing quickly, particularly in suburban districts.

The Indianapolis Star reports a record 16,223 students in Indiana schools were homeless in 2012-13, a 121 percent increase since 2006-07.

In Johnson County, south of Indianapolis, where Murray's school district is, there were 590 homeless students in 2012-13, a population jump of 276 percent since 2006-07. The largest population of homeless students in Indiana was Marion County with 5,233 in 2012-13.

National Center on Family Homelessness Director Carmela DeCandia says being homeless in rural and suburban areas is often more difficult because community services and public transportation often are lacking. Her organization released a study in 2010 that found 1 in 45 American children are homeless.

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