More Homeless Children In Wichita Schools

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ The number of homeless children in the Wichita school district is expected to set a record this year.

The Wichita Eagle reports that educators and staff members have identified 2,182 homeless children in Wichita schools so far this school year. That number includes 177 homeless preschoolers _ an age group that wasn't included last year.

School districts are required by federal law to identify and help homeless children because of the extra challenges they face.

The U.S. Department of Education counts anyone ``doubling up'' _ or living with another family _ as homeless. The Wichita district's homeless children liaison, Cynthia Martinez, says most of the homeless children in Wichita schools are living doubled up.

Martinez says the children often bounce around after their families are evicted.