Homeless students in Fairfax County may set record

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) - The number of homeless students in Fairfax County public schools may hit a record-breaking high by the end of the school year.

The Washington Post reports that the count of homeless students may soon surpass 2,500, setting a new record.

The county is one of the wealthiest in the country, but experts believe the rising number of homeless students is tied to the effects of the recession. The total number of homeless students in the county is likely to be 10 times higher than the number from 15 years ago.

School officials say at least 400 of the students classified as homeless are children who live without parents or guardians.