There are more than 1 million homeless children in the United States, each with a set of issues unique to their circumstances. But in a particularly Los Angeles twist on these issues, tens of thousands of those in the southland must also deal with the public transportation challenges this city poses. Many of these children awake at 4 a.m. and take several bus and rail rides, involving two or three transfers, just to make it to school on time.

How do these challenges affect the youths' ability to do well in school - and is there anything the city can do to ameliorate problems as it places families in temporary housing?

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