Michigan sees increase in homeless students

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The state Department of Education says Michigan has seen a 66 percent rise in homeless students over four years, to more than 37,500 in 2011-12.

Federal regulations define homeless children as those who lack "a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence." That includes those staying in someone else's home. Michigan's number of homeless students in 2011-12 was up from about 22,600 in 2009-10.

The Detroit News reports Wednesday that in 2011, Michigan received $2.3 million in federal funds, or $40.47 per homeless student. The state is getting the same amount for 2012-13, but an expected increase in homelessness is expected to reduce the subsidy to about $21.02 per student.

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