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Homeless liaison to appear on panel at congressional briefing

Dave Schrandt

Dave Schrandt

Sept. 6, 2012Dave Schrandt, the director of student services for admissions, attendance and transfers—and CFISD’s homeless liaison, has been invited by the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY) to speak on a panel for a Congressional Briefing on Homeless Children next week.

The panel, sponsored by the Congressional Children’s Caucus, will take place on Thursday, Sept. 13.

The four-person panel will feature an expert on policy, an expert on research, a homeless liaison and a former homeless student and graduate who won the NAEHCY LeTendre Education Fund Scholarship—supporting children in homeless situations who wish to pursue a college education.

The panel’s audience will include congressional staff who can relay critical information and needs to the nation’s lawmakers.  

Schrandt’s presentation will focus on the trends of child and youth homelessness in CFISD, and how the district connects children and families to community resources like housing, food, clothing and health.

“I am both shocked and honored to be the only homeless liaison on the panel,” Schrandt said. “It’s a tribute to everyone involved in our program in CFISD, and I’m proud to represent our district as well as homeless liaisons across the country.”

CFISD serves more than 2,000 students through a $203,800 grant from the Texas Support for Homeless Education Program (TEXSHEP), which allows qualifying students to receive free breakfast and lunch, school supplies, physical education uniforms, a spring break leadership/math camp, math tutoring, tutoring at the Mission of Yahweh Homeless Shelter and a graduation cap and gown.

The United States Department of Education made a site visit to CFISD in January to audit the district’s TEXSHEP grant. Barbara Wand James, project director at the Texas Homeless Education Office, praised CFISD for the successful visit, citing its compliance with the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act and its extra efforts to ensure success for all students in homeless situations.

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