- Associated Press - Monday, May 9, 2016

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Fayette County Schools will hire a full-time staffer to assist the district’s nearly 800 homeless students.

Fayette schools spokeswoman Lisa Deffendall tells the Lexington Herald-Leader (https://bit.ly/1VQ8wjL) the homeless coordinator will be in place by the start of the 2016-2017 school year.

The number of homeless students in the district has doubled in four years. For the 2014-15 school year, Fayette County reported 795 homeless students. In 2011-12, 393 kids were identified as homeless.

A federal statute requires that all school districts designate a staff person as a coordinator for homeless education. However, many of those staffers have other job titles and other duties.

Charlie Lanter, director of Lexington’s office of homeless prevention and intervention, says having a full-time staffer dedicated to improving education outcomes for homeless students could have a dramatic impact on those students’ test scores and lives.


Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader, https://www.kentucky.com

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