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Wake County schools look to support homeless students

Posted November 3, 2015

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— There are thousands of homeless students in Wake County, and on Tuesday, school board members discussed ways to better support those students and keep them on the right track.

Last year, there were more than 2,700 homeless students in Wake County, and district officials believe that there are many more who have not been identified.

November is National Homeless Youth Awareness month, and school leaders said that a homeless child is four times more likely to get sick and twice as likely to be hungry. More than 80 percent of them have witnessed a serious violent event.

These factors all cause issues with learning in the classroom, but schools work to offer support. The Wake County Public School System provides meals, counseling support and even showers and washing machines.

Tuesday night’s school board meeting also had continued discussion on the proposed school reassignment plan.

Marilee Starr voiced a common complaint with the new reassignment plan during a public hearing Tuesday evening. She said that her student will be assigned to a school that is further away from home.

"For the life of me, I can not understand why our base has been reassigned," said Starr. "Also, I am concerned because I don't think families in our area know we have been reassigned."

School leaders are on the third draft of the reassignment proposal. Changes from previous hearings have been made to accommodate parents.

School officials said that the reassignments are needed to fill five newly constructed schools next year.

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  • Sean Reid Nov 4, 2015
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    That's what I am thinking as well. 2700 students who will be getting Breakfast, lunch, and Dinner at School. Plus take home bags of food, Plus their parent is on WIC

  • Jon Gregory Nov 4, 2015
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    A way to justify asking for more $$$. It's coming... wait for it...

  • Sean Reid Nov 4, 2015
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    http://www.raleighrescue.org/homelessness/statistics/local-statistics/

    On Average 1170 total individuals are homeless on any given day.

    So are they giving a cumulative number of children who were considered homeless for 1 night/7 nights/a month?

  • Sean Reid Nov 4, 2015
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    @ Paul--There are 897 homeless family members (over 375 families) in Wake County, North Carolina. "http://wihn.org/who-are-the-homeless/". If half are kids, that is 450 ish. From Wakegov.com--In Wake County, 1,116 people were counted in a one-day survey of homelessness in January 2012. Over the course of a year more than 4,000 different individuals experience homelessness in Wake County. (most recent census) So even if 50% are children the numbers aren't there. I would like to know what they consider homeless?

  • Paul Stroud Nov 4, 2015
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    @Sean perhaps its the first time you've paid attention. I can assure you, the problem is not new. Google "homeless in wake county"...

  • Sean Reid Nov 4, 2015
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    WRAL--What is considered homeless? How were these numbers documented? Where are these children staying? If truly 2700 or more children are living on the streets and homeless, Wake county Family Services are failing miserably. How is this the first we have heard of this failure?

  • Bubba Smith Nov 3, 2015
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    Why?