NORTH TEXAS (CBSNEWS.COM) – More than 1.5 million U.S. public school students experienced homelessness during the 2017-2018 school year, according to the National Center for Homeless Education.

The number is the highest recorded in over 10 years and represents a population larger than the estimated total population of Dallas.

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The number of students experiencing homelessness spiked by 15% between 2015 and 2018, the three most recent school years covered in the report.

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