Policy Updates


Protect Federal Funding for Homeless Children and Youth 

The President’s FY2018 “skinny budget” proposes significant cuts in domestic funding. Please take action today to support the McKinney-Vento Act’s Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) program and the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (RHYA) programs:

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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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