In Miami-Dade County, the number of kids without a home is in the thousands and growing.
The county school district counted more than 4,406 students who were homeless in the 2010-11 academic year. In Florida during the past five years, homelessness among public school students ages 5 to 17 jumped 84 percent.
During the 2010-11 school year, the most recent year for which statewide data is available, 56,680 students were reported homeless.
That instability can affect kids’ grades and their emotions in class.
Eleven-year-old David Thomas and his eight siblings used to be included in those statistics.
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