State Education Chief Testifies at House Hearing on Students Experiencing Homelessness and Children in Foster Care

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Washington, D.C. (May 19, 2021) – Virginia Superintendent of Public Instruction James Lane today testified at a House Education and Labor subcommittee hearing, “Picking up the Pieces: Strengthening Connections with Students Experiencing Homelessness and Children in Foster Care.”

Lane, in prepared testimony, discussed the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on students experiencing homelessness and children in foster care, efforts by the state agencies and school districts to adapt to those new challenges, and opportunities to better serve students going forward.

“Though we have much to be optimistic about as we begin to emerge from the pandemic, we are certain that the trauma and impact of the pandemic will ripple through the lives of students, families, communities and schools for years to come," Lane said. “Therefore, sustained and flexible federal resources and support will continue to be necessary to ensure that states can be responsive to the needs of their most vulnerable learners and can provide the services necessary for these students to succeed.”

Read Lane’s prepared testimony online.


The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) is a nonpartisan, nationwide, nonprofit organization of public officials who head departments of elementary and secondary education in the states, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity, Bureau of Indian Education, and five U.S. extra-state jurisdictions. CCSSO provides leadership, advocacy, and technical assistance on major educational issues. The Council seeks member consensus on major educational issues and expresses their views to civic and professional organizations, federal agencies, Congress, and the public.

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