A New York Times report shows that the financial crisis in the United States is having an impact on schools and students across the nation. With home foreclosures mounting, a record number of students returning for school are homeless or qualify for subsidized or free lunches. "As 50 million children return to classes across the nation, crippling increases in the price of fuel and food, coupled with the economic downturn, have left schools from California to Florida to Maine cutting costs. Some are trimming bus service, others are restricting travel, and a few are shortening the school week. And as many districts are forced to cut back, the number of poor and homeless students is rising."