Springfield district identifies 807 homeless students

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    SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) --

    The Springfield school district, the largest in Missouri, has a record number of homeless students starting school this year.

    The district identified 807 homeless students at the beginning of the 2015-16 academic year.

    More than half of those students are in elementary schools.

    The Springfield News-Leader reports that 213 are in high school, 166 are in middle school and three are in preschool.

    A review of this year's initial count shows more teenagers and students "doubled up" with other families.

    They're considered homeless under federal definitions.

    With such a high count at the beginning of the school year, an official believes the district is poised to exceed the 850 or so students found to be homeless during the entire 2013-14 year.

    The Springfield district has an estimated 25,000 students.

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