School Struggle For Homeless ChildrenStudents wondering where they’re going to sleep at night may have trouble paying attention in class.

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.

Full story of homeless children’s academic struggles at The Miami Herald

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