Why Louisiana Progress supports the Homeless Children and Youth Act

Almost one year ago, in October 2014, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) reported that they counted only 4,606 homeless people in Louisiana on a single night in January 2014 using a standard method known as a Point-In-Time count, in which volunteers and staff of homeless service providers seek out homeless people in communities throughout the state.

The McKinney-Vento Act requires State Education Agencies to count how many homeless students have been identified in public schools each school year. In the 2013-14 school year, the Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) counted 20,589 homeless students in PreK-12.

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Louisiana Progress guide to the top 10 Supreme Court decisions of 2015

1) Lethal Injection

Case: Glossip v. Gross

Decision: The state may use midazolam, a drug used to put people into deep unconsciousness, despite it being linked to botched executions.

Effect: Prisoners being executed through lethal injection with this drug may experience the pain associated with the other drugs used during execution. However, it looks like the troubles for state use of midazolam may not be over. 

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We’re tackling child poverty in 2015

Part of our mission at Louisiana Progress is to produce policies that promote economic opportunity for all Louisianians and to act as a policy and research hub for the progressive movement in our state. To that end, we work closely with other organizations throughout the state to offer best practice policies and technical assistance to elected officials, local governments, and state departments.

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