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More Homeless Students Than Ever In Michigan | Grand Rapids , Michigan | WZZM 13 ABC News

The number of homeless students in Michigan’s schools has jumped more than 300% in the last four years, according to the Michigan Department of Education.

The State Coordinator for Homeless Education Programs expects the numbers statewide to increase another 30 percent when 2011-2012 data comes out, and the numbers locally are likely to be part of the reason.

The Kent Intermediate School District tracks numbers for schools in the entire county and says numbers continue to rise.

It’s a story you’ll only see on WZZM 13 News.

WZZM 13 News stumbled across this issue after a co-worker saw a school bus pull up to a motel near the station and drop off some students. After numerous calls to school districts, motels, area shelters and homeless assistance programs, we found that schools have seen an increase in homeless children in the last three years due to a few factors.

But it’s important to point out that the majority of these children aren’t living under bridges in West Michigan; their families have been forced to move around and stay where they can. JoAnna McMurray lives in a motel with her husband and son, a first-grader.