Homeless students on the rise in Clark County

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Officials say the number of unaccompanied homeless youth attending school in the Clark County School District has jumped by more than 50 percent since last year.

KLAS-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1Hk1tDM ) that CCSD officials say the number includes students who aren't under the care of their parents or legal guardians and may live on the streets, in shelters, motels or foster care.

Valley High School Principal Ramona Esparaza says the problem is districtwide.

Esparaza believes it is important to know the stories of homeless students, who are often left to fight the problem on their own because of a parent's death or preoccupation with financial or mental issues.

School officials say homeless students are becoming more willing to reach out for help, and teachers and staff are being trained to help out.


Information from: KLAS-TV, http://www.klas-tv.com

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