Slight decline in homeless Oregon students

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Associated Press

Posted on November 15, 2012 at 3:01 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The number of Oregon students living in a homeless situation fell slightly the past school year.

State education officials said Thursday that 20,370 students were homeless at some point during the 2011-12 academic year — 175 fewer than the year before.

Federal rules require school districts to perform an annual count of students without stable housing and hire a liaison to help those students get to school and have the supplies needed to learn.

The homeless classification does not necessarily mean the child is sleeping in a shelter or on the streets. The tag also applies to students who have unstable housing, such as bouncing between the couches of friends and relatives.

The Beaverton, Portland and Medford school districts had the highest number of homeless students, more than 1,200 each.

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