From the Office of the State Coordinator


Read the latest federal and state McKinney-Vento updates. 


Dispute Resolution Policy

The State Board of Education approved the new board policy on the Dispute Resolution for Homeless Students on 6/7/2018. Please review the new policy at  https://stateboard.ncpublicschools.gov/policy-manual/sbe-dpi-operation/copy_of_dispute-resolution-process-for-homeless-students in order to update your local board policy to reflect the new requirements. The State Coordinator will be collecting the updated district policies from all homeless liaisons in the Spring of 2019. Additional information about the submission process will be provided during the annual Compliance Forums.

McKinney-Vento Subgrants

If your district is a recipient of a McKinney-Vento subgrant, please be sure to enter your planning budget and carryover budget as soon as possible in LBAAS. Remember, funding will NOT be released until your submission is made. For questions, please contact the State Coordinator at lphillip@serve.org.

Hill Updates

  • House Committee Passes Homeless Children and Youth Act (HCYA)
    The House Financial Services Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance voted the Homeless Children and Youth Act (H.R. 1511) out of committee on July 24, 2018. Next steps include a full House vote (timeline unknown) and the passing of a companion bill in the Senate. A bipartisan Senate companion bill, S. 611, is led by U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Rob Portman (R-OH). Visit https://www.schoolhouseconnection.org/a-big-win-house-committee-passes-the-homeless-children-and-youth-act/ for more information. 
  • Perkins Act Reauthorization
    On July 31, 2018, the President signed the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act into law. This bill reauthorizes the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006. The Act uses the M-V definition of homeless, requires consulting State Coordinators in the development of Perkins state plans, and includes a handful of other provisions aimed at targeting CTE supports to youth experiencing homelessness. The full text of the Act and additional information are available at https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/2353 

  • FY2019 Federal Budget Process
    The FY2019 federal budget continues to be negotiated in Congress. On June 28, the Senate appropriations committee passed S. 3158, a bill that would increase FY2019 funding for the EHCY Program from $85 million (FY2018 level) to $93.5 million. The bill maintains funding for the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (RHYA) program at $127.3 million. The bill next moves to the Senate floor for a vote. The House appropriations committee released its FY2019 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education funding bill earlier in June. The House legislation maintains funding for the EHCY program at $85 million (FY2018 level) and includes funding for the RHYA program at $121.4 million. Visit https://www.schoolhouseconnection.org/senate-bill-would-increase-funding-for-the-education-for-homeless-children-and-youth-program/ for more information.