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Congressman Sarbanes Co-sponsors Homeless Education Improvement Act

On July 27, 2007, Congresswoman Judy Biggert (R-13th/IL) was joined by Congressman Raúl Grijalva (D-7th/AZ) and Congressman John P. Sarbanes (D-3rd/MD) in introducing the Homeless Education Improvement Act, H.R. 3205. H.R. 3205 builds upon effective law and lessons learned by schools, service providers, families, and youth. It includes many of the recommendations for amendments to the McKinney-Vento Act and Title I, Part A from advocates, including the Public Justice Center. The bill takes the first step towards including all foster children in the protections for homeless children provided by the McKinney-Vento Act. In addition, the bill seeks to increase school stability, enhance school supports, address the needs of unique subpopulations, and doubles the authorization towards the McKinney-Vento Act.

This is the first dividend from the PJC's policy work at the federal level on foster children, building on our long relationship with JP -- former PJC board member and now Congressman John P. Sarbanes. PJC attorneys Wendy Hess and Laurie Norris met with Congressman Sarbanes to preview the McKinney-Vento reauthorization process, explain the advocates' wish list, and urge him to join forces with the lead Congress person, Judy Biggert (R-IL), to sponsor this legislation. He took the ball and ran with it. And while this bill, as introduced, does not have in it absolutely everything we wanted, it is a very good starting point indeed. We thank Congressman Sarbanes and urge a favorable vote on this bill.

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