Activism, Protests & Rights

Homeless Students Reaches One Million in Numbers

According to a report from the Department of Education, the number of homeless students in the U.S. topped one million for the first time during the 2010-2011 school year. The number includes students enrolled in public preschool through 12th grade, and as the Orlando Sentinel pointed out, “the figure actually underestimates the number of homeless children by excluding infants, toddlers, preschool-aged children who aren’t enrolled in public programs and homeless children who are home-schooled.”

According to the federal government, 44 states had an increase in the number of homeless students compared to 2009-2010 — and for 15 states the increase was a staggering 20 percent or more. The states with the biggest increases were Kentucky (up 47 percent), Michigan (38 percent), Mississippi (35 percent), Utah (47 percent) and West Virginia (38 percent). The number of homeless children enrolled in public schools nationwide has increased 57 percent since the recession began in the 2006-2007 school year.

Florida, with nearly 56,000 homeless students across the state in 2010-2011, increased 15 percent over the previous year — and ranks fourth in the nation in terms of sheer numbers.

What is going on in this country? Homeless veterans are a disgrace to the way our military treats it’s veterans after each one gives and devotes their lives to our country – to our government, but this is beyond that. We can spend multi-millions on elections, multi-millions on a useless drug war, millions helping other countries, millions on tax breaks for the rich, subsidies for the oil companies who are showing higher profits than every before, billions are needless wars, but we cannot keep our children in a home, cannot pay teachers what they are worth, cannot keep teachers employed, and the list goes on an on. This could easily happen to anyone in the blink of an eye. A company closes, job is lost. Major medical expense. Crippling auto accident.

Anyone that states our middle class is NOT disappearing is either ignorant, completely oblivious to the stark truth of reality, or is a public figure purposely misleading the public in order to gain more control and power for their own personal gain.

And who suffers? The children.

Mark my words, if Romney were to take office as President of the United States, then this number will rise and the middle class will go the way of the dinosaurs. We have lost millions of jobs to corporations who are taking the jobs overseas so that they may take advantage of other country’s extraordinary low wages. Remember, Romney has stated the “corporations are people, too” and he will give even more power to the corporations to do what they need to do to maximize their profits. Romney himself put thousands out of a job as Bain Capital would purchase stable companies and destroy them all for a profit.

Morality is no longer present in corporate American. Our country is a disgrace because of this alone. There is no reason at all that we should have one million children homeless. None.


References:

Think Progress: Number Of Homeless Students Tops One Million For The First Time
Orlando Sentinel: Latest report: More than 1 million U.S. students are homeless
Huffington Post: Homeless Students Top 1 Million, U.S. Says, Leaving Advocates ‘Horrified’
National Center for Homeless Education: Education for Homeless Children and Youths Program | Data Collection Summary

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8 replies »

  1. How can you be “home-schooled” if you’re “homeless”? Just kidding …

    Seriously, I had no idea the number was that large. That’s shameful.

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