"The number is horrifyingly high but it probably is half of what the number really could be if the kids could be counted," said Nilan. The count doesn't include homeless infants, children not enrolled in school, and homeless students that schools simply failed to identify.
According to the new data, 44 states overall saw the number of homeless students increase. Fifteen states' homeless student population increased by one fifth or more. The problem is particularly pronounced in recession-addled states like Michigan, where every single county reported homeless kids in their schools. In Kentucky, the number of homeless students increased by 47 percent over one year."