OLYMPIA – Responding to new data from the state superintendent’s office showing more than 35,000 Washington students are homeless, Sen. David Frockt, D-Seattle, issued the following statement:

“The new figures reported by OSPI are nothing short of a statewide tragedy. A 62 percent increase in student homelessness since 2009 indicates the situation is growing worse by the day. We must act this legislative session to provide more services and more housing stability for these students.

“The $950,000 our state receives from the federal government falls well short of addressing the full scope of this growing crisis.

“The Homeless Student Stability and Opportunity Gap Act (SB 6298), which would double the funding to help these children, has 19 co-sponsors from both parties and has been recommended for passage by the Senate Early Learning & K-12 Education Committee for the second consecutive year. The bill was passed out of committee unanimously and is now pending before the Senate Ways & Means Committee.

“When one student in every Washington classroom is homeless, it’s the Senate’s moral obligation to take urgent action and pass this legislation now.”