ANCHORAGE - About 2,100 of the 48,000 students in Anchorage schools are homeless.
Federal law requires the district to transport them to and from school. For many, that means a cab ride.
The Anchorage Daily News reports the district spent $240,000 this year in taxi fees, another $82,000 for the People Mover bus and Anchor Rides van, and $60,000 on gas vouchers for parents.
Students are homeless if they don't have fixed, regular and adequate housing. They may be living in shelters, transitional. housing, hotels, tents, cars or with friends and relatives.
The number of homeless students has more than doubled from the 1,000 the Anchorage district had six years ago.