Working to transform the child welfare system.

HB 1263: Concerning support for students experiencing homelessness

The bill proposes that the Office Of The Superintendent Of Public Instruction (OSPI) create a competitive grant process to evaluate and award state-funded grants to school districts to increase identification of students experiencing homelessness and the capacity of the districts to provide support to those students.  

Funds may be used in a manner that is complementary to federal McKinney-Vento funds and consistent with allowable uses as determined by OSPI.   

The bill notes that grants awarded by the state must include geographic diversity of Washington and allow greater weight given to school districts based on a list of criteria that includes (non-comprehensive list) partnerships, needs of youth, addressing the opportunity gap and systemic inequities that may impact homeless students and students of color.