Arizona students come to school hungry and troubled, survey finds

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Some students only get hot meals when they are at school, which often affects their ability to learn

A majority of teachers and principals in Arizona said their students are facing multiple barriers to learning, including coming to school hungry and dealing with a personal or family crisis.

According to a recent survey from Scholastic, a national literacy organization, 93 percent of teachers and principals in the state said they have students who are experiencing a personal or family crisis.

In addition, 84 percent said they have students who are living in poverty, 83 percent have students in need of mental health services, 82 percent have students who come to school hungry and 68 percent have students who are homeless or living in temporary housing.

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