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Homeless Indiana students up 26 percent since 2006-07


Indianapolis - A new report shows homelessness among children enrolled in Indiana public schools rose 26 percent over the two years ending in 2008-09 as the state felt the brunt of the
economic downturn.

The report comes this week from First Focus, a children's advocacy group. It cites recently released federal data.

The report says the number of homeless public school students nationally rose 41 percent from 2006-07 to 2008-09. Indiana's 26 percent growth was tied for 27th highest among states.

Indiana Department of Education figures show homeless public
school students numbered about 10,000 across Indiana last year.

The department says about half were in kindergarten through third grade.

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