Please take a moment to weigh in on this for kids who have little voice in Congress!
President Obama's FY 2011 budget ignores the reality of surging numbers of homeless students in schools across America. He proposes $65 million, the same amount budgeted for the past 2 years, which doesn't begin to reach the 1 million + homeless kids in schools.
The McKinney-Vento Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) program works! But it can't begin to meet the needs of the skyrocketing homeless family and youth population, especially in these tough economic times.
FUNDING LEVEL REQUESTED: Congress should appropriate at least $140 million in EHCY funding for FY2011. A funding level of $140 million would include the program's fully authorized amount of $70 million, plus the ARRA homeless education funding of $70 million. The need for this funding level is more than justified given the increases in homelessness due the recession, and pre-recession needs.
In light of the soaring numbers of homeless children and youth identified by schools--over 1 million--the EHCY budget needs to be at least $140 million, a paltry sum that will yield great results.
Homeless kids need education, and schools need help making this happen. Please increase this budget amount to $140 million.