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How a Jackson County district is failing homeless students

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School districts are required by law to help homeless children stay in school. Most Kansas City-area districts take that role seriously, but the Blue Springs School District may be undercounting its unhoused kids — and failing to provide them critical services.

With rising rent prices, an affordable place to live is out of reach for many families. If families with school-aged children can’t find stable housing, federal law requires school districts to identify them and provide certain services.

But what happens when a district doesn’t identify all of its houseless students? KCUR’s Jodi Fortino tells us why students at one Kansas City-area school district may be falling through the cracks.

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