The number of homeless students in the United States exceeded one million for the first time during the 2010-2011 school year. According to the U.S. Department of Education, the 2010-2011 school year had 1,065,794 homeless students, a 13% increase over the previous school year and a 57% increase since the start of the recession in 2007.
In June, the Department of Education released its annual Data Collection Summary of information regarding child and youth homelessness that has been collected from all State Educational Agencies (SEA) and Local Educational Agencies (LEAs).
In school year 2008-09, Connecticut had 2,387 students who were homeless who were enrolled in LEA’s with and without McKinney-Vento subgrants. In school year 2009-10 that number increased to 2,716, for a 14% increase and in school year 2010-11, that number increased to 2,942, for an 8% increase over the previous year. From school year 2008-09 to school year 2010-11, there was an overall increase of 23% in homeless students enrolled in LEAs.
Only 7 states had a decrease in homeless students enrolled in LEAs: Maine, New Jersey, North Carolina, South Carolina, Louisiana, Hawaii, and Wyoming.
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