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State Releases Homeless Youth Report

EUGENE, Ore. — The number of homeless youth in Oregon is down, but education leaders say the numbers are still too high.

The Oregon Department of Education released new numbers Thursday.

About 18,000 students are homeless, down from 20,000 last year. Roughly 5 percent in Eugene and Springfield are homeless, about the same as last year.

4J School District Homeless Liaison Deborah Dailey says she’s not surprised.

“It’s bad. If there’s one child that’s homeless it’s bad. So it’s a tough time for kids experiencing homeless in education,” Dailey said.

Marcola and McKenzie School Districts have about 15 percent homeless students.

Mapleton has nearly 12 percent, while Monroe has almost 11 percent.

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