10/20/2011 09:29 am ET | Updated Dec 20, 2011

Economic Stresses Surface In The Classroom--Even In Affluent Districts

The slumping economy has had an under-publicized effect on children, who bring the pain of their parents' troubles to school in the form of stress, hunger, lack of money for basic activities or even homelessness.

Dealing with economically deprived students has been a regular duty of some suburban districts that have had lower-income demographics for decades. But now even more affluent school systems are having to cope with the negative effects today's economy can have on youths.

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