Policy Updates

School-Housing Partnership Legislation Introduced

On October 12, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) introduced legislation to incentivize housing authorities and school districts to work together to address and prevent family homelessness. The Affordable Housing for Educational Achievement Demonstration (AHEAD) Act (S....

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Back to School, Back in Session

As children and youth return to school, Congress returns to session. A long “to do” list awaits Congressional members, including legislation that will impact children, youth, and families experiencing homelessness. Register for our upcoming federal policy webinars.

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House Passes Career and Technical Education Bill

On June 22, the U.S. House of Representatives passed “The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act,” HR 2353. SchoolHouse Connection applauds the passage of this legislation, which will improve access to high-quality career and technical education for youth experiencing homelessness. For many homeless youth, career and technical education may offer the best path to living-wage employment that will help them escape poverty, and therefore never experience homelessness again.

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New Video Adds Urgency to HUD Homeless Assistance Reform

A Congressional briefing and a powerful new 8-minute film lend support to the Homeless Children and Youth Act (H.R. 1511/S. 611), important bipartisan legislation that would make it easier for communities to help children, youth, and families experiencing homelessness.

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President’s FY2018 Budget Proposal and Homelessness

On May 23, the President released his Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 budget proposal. The President’s budget proposal is just that – a proposal that signals the Administration’s priorities for the nation. It is Congress that ultimately makes decisions about the budget. Nonetheless, the President’s budget proposal is cause for concern.

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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 action will not affect the ESSA amendments made to the McKinney-Vento Act's...

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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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