Amendment #36 to S.1806
An amendment requiring reporting on the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act.
Representatives Provost of Somerville and Andrews of Orange move that the bill be amended By adding the following:
Section xx. The commissioner shall monitor and evaluate the implementation of the federal McKinney-Vento law, so called, and shall report findings and any proposed recommendations to improve said implementation to the board and to the legislature on an annual basis. The report shall be filed with the clerks of the House of Representatives and the Senate who shall forward the report to the House and Senate chairs of the Joint Committee on Education; the Joint Committee on Children, Families, and Persons with Disabilities and the House and Senate Committees on Ways and Means. The Commissioner’s report shall include but not be limited to the actual number of homeless students reported by each district, by district as well as by grade, together with an annually updated estimate of the number of homeless and unaccompanied students in the state, and the commissioners explanation for any discrepancy; the extent to which the state is complying with, and meeting the goals of the federal law; how the academic achievement, graduation, drop-out and attendance rates of homeless and unaccompanied students compares with non-homeless students, and with other subgroups, including low-income, at-risk, Sped, ELL, and ethnic minority students; an analysis of the state and local barriers to meeting the goals of the law and recommendations on how to address such barriers.