[Hpn] A C T I O N A L E R T: H.R. 623

a slow loris arboreal@speakeasy.org
Wed, 21 Feb 2001 11:20:40 -0800 (PST)

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Help Homeless Children and Youth Succeed in School
Urge Your U.S. Representative to Become a Co-Sponsor of H.R. 623

February 15, 2001
BACKGROUND: On February 14, Congresswoman Judy Biggert (R-IL) introduced
H.R. 623, "The McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Act of 2001." Original
co-sponsors include Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-2nd/PA) and Doug Ose
(R-3rd/CA). H.R. 623 is based on the experience, insight, and knowledge
of state and local homeless education programs. It represents the most
comprehensive homeless education legislation to be introduced in

H.R. 623:

Increases access to school 
Reduces school transfers and enhances educational stability 
Increases awareness of homeless childrens educational rights 
Strengthens parental choice
Strengthens the educational rights of unaccompanied youth
Strengthens state support to all school districts
Promotes the integration of homeless children and youth into mainstream
Triples funding for Education for Homeless Children and Youth programs

ACTION: Now is the time to call or write to your U.S. Representatives to
urge them to sign on as co-sponsor of H.R. 623 As many letters and phone
calls as possible are needed. Please ask your community to help write
letters and make calls - volunteers, agencies, faith-based groups,
teachers, and local coalitions. Every letter and phone call counts! 

All U.S. Representatives can be reached through the U.S. Capitol
Switchboard at 202.224.3121. A sample letter is attached.

For more information, please see the NCH web site at
http://nch.ari.net/reauthnews.html, or contact Barbara Duffield at NCH
at 202.737.6444, ext. 18, or email at nch@ari.net.


The Honorable Firstname Lastname
United States House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Representative Lastname:

I am writing you to urge you to become a co-sponsor of H.R. 623, the
McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Act of 2001. 

This important bi-partisan bill will help homeless students enroll,
attend, and succeed in school. It is based on model policies and
practices from across the nation, and represents the most comprehensive
homeless education legislation ever introduced. 

H.R. 623 would help increase homeless students' access to school, limit
the disruption of education caused by homelessness, strengthen parental
rights, increase awareness of the educational rights of homeless
children and youth, and increase funding for Education for Homeless
Children and Youth programs.

[Add statistics, accomplishments, and challenges from your local
program, community, or state if you can. Use agency letterhead if

School is one of the few stable, secure places in the lives of homeless
children and youth -- a place where they can acquire the skills needed
to escape poverty. Please help [your community's] homeless children
receive the help they need to succeed in school by co-sponsoring
H.R. 623.

I thank you in advance for your leadership.


Your Name
Mailing Address

Please personalize this letter with your own experiences, thoughts, and


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