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Prof: Homelessness ‘alarming’ at high schools

LOVELAND ” Researchers say one-fifth of the students at Loveland and Berthoud high schools may have been homeless at some point in the past four years.

Gene Gloeckner, a professor of education at Colorado State University, says the numbers came from a survey of students taken in the 2007-08 school year.

About half of the 5,100 students at the two northern Colorado schools completed the survey, and 24 percent reported being homeless. Gloeckner says he thinks the actual number is lower, about 20 percent.

Still, he calls that “alarmingly, crazy high.”

School district spokesman Wes Fothergill tells the Loveland Reporter-Herald the rate may be higher now, because the survey was taken before the economy plunged into recession.

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