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Students in poverty

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The significant numbers of homeless public school students in kindergarten through the 12th grade has increased in California.

Public school data reported to the U.S. Department of Education during the 2017-18 school year shows that an estimated 245,097 public school students experienced homelessness over the course of the year.

“With these crazy numbers, the government and other unified schools should be aware of this situation,” says Brian Herrera, an ASGL 11th Grader.

According to an LAUSD official, the percentage of homeless students increased from 3.4 percent to 5.2 percent in 2015-16 school year.

“I think that if our local district cannot find any solution to end this problem, the more student poverty the more it struggle them,” said an ASGL Senior.

The increased number of homeless students in LAUSD is a part of a growing problem around Los Angeles for low income families who cannot afford an apartment or a house.

“Our proposal for the student homelessness is to improve more help for the student who struggle and could not afford housing,” said Nancy Gutierrez Coordinator, of Homeless Education Program Staff.

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