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SPECIAL REPORT: Homelessness In University Place School District Jumps | University Place, Washington | University Place Patch

In fact, like other school districts across the state, UP has seen a rise in the number of homeless students in its classrooms over the past several years, a change that has many districts grappling with how to help students even as budget cuts further slash their ability to meet their federal obligation to do so.

An analysis of figures provided by Investigate West, Patch’s partner on this report, found that the school district had identified 45 homeless students during the 2009-10 school year, up from just 10 in 2006-07—one of the largest percentage increases in the Puget Sound region.

The actual number of homeless students in UP isn’t as large as in neighboring school districts.

For example, the Tacoma School District led the state with 1,194 homeless students, up 17 percent from 2006-07. The Clover Park School District in Lakewood remained nearly unchanged at 337 homeless students.

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