Policy Updates


Act by April 3: Protect Federal Funding for Homeless Children and Youth 

The President’s FY2018 “skinny budget” proposes significant cuts in domestic funding. A bi-partisan Dear Colleague letter requesting support for the McKinney-Vento Act’s Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) program and the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (RHYA) program is being circulated now, with a deadline of April 3 for Members of Congress to sign-on.

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Education Department Releases New ESSA Template

On March 13, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) released a new template for states to use in developing their state plans for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). These elements are directly from the McKinney-Vento statute, and are nearly identical to those included in the previous template. The new template does include two new elements from the McKinney-Vento statute that had not been in the previous template.

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Budget Cuts and Homeless Children and Youth

As expected, the federal budget will take center stage in Congressional activity over the next weeks and months. In this post, we explain the current status of federal appropriations, what’s at stake for children and youth experiencing homelessness, and what you can do about it.

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Senate Votes to Rescind ESSA Regulations

The U.S. Senate voted today to rescind ESSA regulations related to accountability and state plans by a vote of 50-49 . The measure now will move to the President’s desk for signature. This...

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New State Laws Empower Youth Experiencing Homelessness

State legislatures across the country are passing laws that empower youth experiencing homelessness to access housing, health care, higher education, and vital documents. Legislatures in Utah and Wyoming recently passed laws supporting unaccompanied youth. Bills remain under consideration in other states, including Texas and Connecticut.

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ESSA Regulations Remain in Question, But McKinney-Vento Clarity Emerges

Regardless of the fate of the ESSA regulations, we now can provide some clarity about state implementation of the two primary areas of McKinney-Vento affected by the ESSA regulations: 1) the content and submission of state plans; and 2) the method of calculating high school graduation rates for students experiencing homelessness.

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