S. 571: Educational Success for Children and Youth Without Homes Act of 2011

Introduced: 3/14/2011

Sponsor: Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA),

Co-Sponsors: Mark Begich (D-AK), Al Franken (D- MN), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Bernie Sanders (I-VT)

Summary of Bill:

Amends the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act’s program for grants to states for education of homeless youths to:

Ensure homeless students don’t lose credits earned in other schools and aren’t segregated into other school. The bill also requires schools to immediately enroll homeless youth despite unpaid fees or enrollment deadlines. The youth’s privacy is to be protected and requires that the Sec. of Education establish a Federal Office of the Coordinator for Education of Homeless Children and Youths.

Latest Action: Referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions on 3/14/2011


How This Bill Affects Education:

This bill would ensure that homeless children keep their credits earned in other schools when they transfer to a new school. More importantly, schools are required to enroll homeless youth even if they have unpaid fees or enrollment deadlines.