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TRACI SCALA: It’s bad. I mean it’s gotten to the point where they have no shoes. They literally come to me with no soles on their shoes.
Administrators say the school has a growing Burmese refugee population. Meanwhile, poverty has gotten worse as the economy flounders. Statewide, the numbers are stark. The education department counted 25-thousand homeless kids in 2009. As of last school year, that number is 20 percent higher.
CONDE ROGERS: They’re going to school in every single district in every single school, all over our county.
Conde Rogers runs the Real Gift Foundation, a group that helps homeless kids.
CONDE ROGERS: Yes, they are living in the street, living in their cars, in a park, maybe double-tripled, quadrupled up living in a one bedroom apartment and there may be 15 people living in that apartment together.