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More Minneapolis students lack stable housing, prompting school district to boost support services


January 18, 2023

Principal Lisa Pawelak did a double-take this fall when she saw how many of the students at Lucy Craft Laney Community School identified as homeless or highly mobile. The number had jumped to 19% — nearly double the previous school year.

It's not just the North Side elementary school seeing that trend. Across the city, the number of Minneapolis public school students who lack stable housing is climbing. Despite declines in enrollment, the district has identified 300 more homeless or highly mobile students than at the same point last year.

"If that trend were to continue, we'll end the year at the highest rate we've seen," said Charlotte Kinzley, manager of Minneapolis Public Schools' homeless and highly mobile student services department.


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