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Tigard-Tualatin schools have 128 homeless students


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Tigard-Tualatin schools has only 128 homeless students enrolled in the district, according to a new Department of Education report.

The district was one of six in Washington County that had low numbers of students considered homeless. Beaverton’s schools had the highest number of homeless students in the state, 1,809, according to the report.

Portland schools had the next-highest number, with 1,447 homeless students enrolled.

Gaston School District had the fewest homeless students in the county, 16. Sherwood reported 94 homeless students. Hillsboro schools had 477 homeless students.

Rob Saxton, deputy superintendent of public instruction and former Tigard-Tualatin school superintendent, says the state had 20,370 students in K-12 public schools who were considered homeless during the 2011-12 school year. That number is down slightly from the 20,545 reported last school year.

“For the second year in a row, the number of Oregon students dealing with homelessness topped 20,000,” Saxton says.

Only 40 of Oregon’s 197 school districts reported no homeless students during the 2011-12 school year.

Tigard’s number of homeless students takes into account children in families — or often on their own — who are living in shelters, transitional housing, motels, tents, trailers or with another family in one dwelling.

Each school district reports the number of homeless students to the state every school year, opening the door to services and programs for the students. Districts also have homeless liaisons who work with children and families.