Older Youth

States Consider Relaxing Child Labor Laws

On May 25, 2023, Fortune reported that even ass the federal government cracks down on child labor violations, some state lawmakers are advancing legislation to let children work longer hours and in more hazardous occupations. These mostly Republican legislators in Wisconsin, Iowa, and Ohio argue that these changes could ease national labor shortages, but children’s

Access to Guns Among Teens with Depression

A new study in Pediatrics, released on May 22, 2023, found that high school students who have depression think they have greater access to guns than peers who don’t experience this mental health risk for suicide. Guns are the most common method of suicide among teens. The new study asked about guns at home or

Fostering Youth Transitions 2023

The Annie E. Casey Foundation released a new data brief, “Fostering Youth Transitions 2023: State and National Data to Drive Foster Care Advocacy,” on May 8, 2023. The brief examines the experiences of teenagers and young adults in foster care as reported by all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The brief

CDC Releases Survey Data on Teen Mental Health and More

On April 28th, 2023, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released the 2021 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS). This survey is the largest public health surveillance system in the United States, monitoring a broad range of health-related behaviors among high school students. The 2021 surveys were conducted during the COVID-19 pandemic and

New Guidance from the Department of Education for Homeless and Self-Supporting Youth

On Friday, April 14th, the U.S. Department of Education released new guidance on the 2024-2025 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) regarding youth who are self-supporting or at risk of homelessness. SchoolHouse Connection lauded the new guidance as a positive change and called on those assisting youth experiencing homelessness to review the guidance to

Administration Plan to Prohibit Broad Transgender Sports Bans

On Thursday April 6th, 2023, Secretary Miguel Cardona of the Department of Education announced a proposed rule that would update Title IX to clarify guidelines for participation in school athletics. Title IX aims to protect students in schools that receive federal funding from sex-based discrimination and ensure fairness, and this rule aims to expand upon

Administration Announces ACA Coverage for DACA Recipients

On Thursday, April 13, 2023, President Biden announced that hundreds of thousands of immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children will be eligible for Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance exchanges. This action will allow participants in the Obama-era’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to access government-funded health

Ways and Means Committee Hears from Secretary Becerra

On Wednesday, March 28th, the House Ways and Means Committee held a hearing on President Biden’s FY24 Budget proposal with HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra. Although Chairman Jason Smith [R-MO] and Ranking Member Richard Neal [D-MA] raised diverging criticisms, there was bipartisan agreement on preventing “surprise billing,” providing Alzheimer treatments, and holding corporations accountable for migrant

Student Loan Debt Crisis: House Committee Hearing

On Thursday March 23, 2023, The House Committee on Education and the Workforce held a hearing titled, Breaking the System: Examining the Implications of Biden's Student Loan Policies for Students and Taxpayers. It was the first hearing led by the Subcommittee of Workforce and Higher Education in this Congress, signaling that the student loan debt

President’s Budget Summary and Chart

CWLA released the Summary of the President's FY2024 Budget Proposal and the FY 2024 Federal Budget Chart. Each year, CWLA compiles this targeted summary and budget chart explaining the President's budget proposal, with a particular focus on spending and legislative requests that directly impact children and families. President Biden released his FY 2024 budget on

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