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VOL. 127 | NO. 213 | Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Tennessee Sees 74 Percent Increase in Homeless Students

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NASHVILLE (AP) – Tennessee saw the number of homeless public school students increase by 74 percent between 2007 and 2010.

That number was well above the national average of 38 percent, but the true number may be even higher.

According to a report from the state Comptroller's office, several neighboring states have a larger percentage of homeless students. That could be a clue that Tennessee's numbers are an undercount.

Also, some districts in Tennessee with high foreclosure and jobless rates did not identify any homeless students.

The comptroller's report says the dramatic increases in Tennessee – from 6,565 in 2007 to 11,458 in 2010 – may be a consequence of job losses and the economy. They may also be the result of some school districts' improved efforts to identify homeless students.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 120 120 21,080
MORTGAGES 130 130 24,262
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 7 7 3,108
BUILDING PERMITS 138 138 43,572
BANKRUPTCIES 44 44 13,512
BUSINESS LICENSES 13 13 6,725
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 7 7 7,906
MARRIAGE LICENSES 19 19 4,753