The U.S. Department of Education recently announced that it was seeking comments on a new study of over $30 billion in federal education spending. The study will examine how local educational agencies (LEAs) and schools use funding they receive from under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. SchoolHouse Connection submitted comments urging the Department to include in its study both the amount and a description of the use of funds reserved for students experiencing homelessness under Title I Part A, as amended by ESSA.
Specifically, SHC requested that the Department include in its information collection a request for LEAs to provide both the amount and a description of the use of funds reserved for homeless students under Title I Part A, as amended by ESSA. This request would elicit valuable information that could be used to determine the extent to which LEAs are providing adequate resources to homeless students under Title I Part A; it also could facilitate analyses of the effectiveness and use of Title I Part A programs and services for students experiencing homelessness.