(C)2013 NPT PHOTO BY DUAY O'NEIL
Casey Kelley, left, and Dennis Balch, Cocke County Schools District Homeless
Liaisons, look over paperwork relating to identifying students considered homeless.
|Published: 9:18 AM, 02/05/2013
Author: Duay O'Neil
Source: The Newport Plain Talk
NEWPORT-While many would define a homeless person as
someone living in a cardboard box under a bridge, federal law expands the
definition when discussing public school students.
Cocke County Schools District Homeless Liaisons Casey
Kelley and Dennis Balch said, "At the end of December, Cocke County had 72
students falling into this category, a number which can change daily. The
Department of Education defines such a student as one who has been displaced
from his/her original home for a variety of reasons."
"These children are now referred to as children in
transition," said Kelley. "Sometimes they are living in motels or
with other family members, but not by choice."
These situations, explained Kelley and Balch, often arise
when a family loses their home because of economic situations. "We have
some cases where three or four family groups are living in the same home,
perhaps with grandparents," said Balch.
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