James Mouser graduated from high school in June at age 20, and his struggle to earn his diploma illustrates the difficulties faced by more than 30,000 homeless students in Kentucky, which has the nations highest rate of student homelessness.
Homeless families in Lexington have few options for shelter, most of them requiring a family to split up: men at one shelter, children at another. Lexington lags behind other cities in its programs for homeless families.
At least four public school systems in Kentucky have full-time homeless education coordinators, but not Fayette County. There is no statewide organization or funding for coordinators, and a national survey found that most programs for educating homeless...
Kentucky education officials say they served 31,869 homeless students in 2013-14, but federal housing officials recorded only 5,245 homeless people in the state in 2013. The difference is a matter of defining homelessness, and it has a big impact...