• Petitioned U.S. House of Representatives

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U.S. Senate

Strengthen Educational Opportunities for Kids Experiencing Homelessness

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      HEAR US

Homelessness among children and youth is skyrocketing in every part of the country. Much needs to be done on many levels. Congress will consider important legislation to guarantee access to a stable education for our nation's homeless children and youth: the "Educational Success for Children and Youth Without Homes Act of 2011," H. R. 1253 and S 571.

Features of this bill include:

  • Promote school stability for homeless children and youth by improving the "best interest" school selection process and by making transportation to the school of origin an eligible use of Title I Part A setaside funds
  • Increase school districts' ability to identify and serve homeless children and youth by providing professional development, training, resources, and time to school district homeless liaisons so they can carry out the duties required by the Act
  • Increase homeless children's access to early childhood education programs by addressing barriers to stability and requiring public preschool programs to identify and prioritize homeless children for enrollment
  • Improve the academic progress and high school graduation rate of unaccompanied homeless youth by addressing guardianship barriers, credit accrual problems and access to credit recovery opportunities
  • Improve homeless children and youth's access to summer school, before and after school programs, and other educational opportunities
  • Assist homeless students to participate in the full range of academic support opportunities offered by schools by clarifying that the amount of the Title I, Part A homeless setaside must be based upon a needs assessment that includes objective criteria and is developed in coordination with the school district homeless liaison

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Recent signatures


    1. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Laura Forbes HOUSTON, TX
      • about 3 years ago

      Education does matter no matter your status...

    • lisa hargett FORT LAUDERDALE, FL
      • about 3 years ago

      the little boy in video, if he need adoption, my brother is a doctor and loves children maybe me and my brother can adopt him. But he would have to take out the earring out his ear.

    • lisa hargett FORT LAUDERDALE, FL
      • about 3 years ago

      I was a child once that always looking up for mummy and daddy, special holidays, its not a nice experience, living in poverty, being mistreated as a child. All this disappointments coming at you and the thing you cannot defend yourself as a child. You need mummy and daddy to do this for you. If i had all the money in the world, i would open alot of shelter for children and single parent mothers. I really would. It would be a home for them to have.

    • Robin Kivett WEBB CITY, MO
      • about 3 years ago

      Education is a way out of homelessness. Please do not punish parents or children for their lack of money. If you want to punish someone for the lack of money, punish big businesses. GE doesn't pay taxes and I would go to prison for that crime. The rich can afford to pay more. Trickle down doesn't work. The only thing that trickles down is urine on the ones below the "big man."

    • Vikki Perpinan SPRINGFIELD, OR
      • about 3 years ago

      I work with homeless families and have for 14 years...Far too long....Please watch this trailer, pass it along to your colleagues. Half of the homeless are children and youth. We expect more than a half of a million Iraq and Afghanistan vets to become homeless in the coming months and years. This has got to stop...We cannot do it unless you are courageous and strong and keep protecting the citizens of this country who cannot protect themselves.

      Thank you for your time and attention to this matter.


      Vikki Perpinan


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