WILSON, AR (KAIT) - Arkansas public schools enroll a record number of homeless students, according to the U.S. Department of Education.
Over 10,000 homeless students enrolled in Arkansas preschools and K-12 in the 2012-2013 school year, which is an 14 percent increase from the previous year.
Debbie Girdley is the homeless liaison with the Rivercrest School District and said
tough economic times generally indicate an increasing numbers of homeless students. Low income, increase in poverty and a lack of affordable housing are other factors that lead to homelessness.
"I've had a lot of children come up and tell me they need things" she said.