by Megan Wood | inewsource

School districts often paint a rosy picture of life within their bounds, so one San Diego County school district stood out late last year when it sent an open distress call.

The San Ysidro School District announced that almost one-third of its children — the largest percentage in the county — had no reliable place to lay their heads at night. The students live doubled up with other families, in motels near the trolley tracks and in cars on the street.

The problem intensified when the district failed to win a grant it had relied on for years to help homeless students. Now, school officials are scrambling to redirect money from other sources. And parents and their children do their best to cope.

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