As part of the Obama administration's initiative to increase administrative flexibility, the U.S. Department of Education released its "Request for Information on Strategies for Improving Outcomes for Disconnected Youth." The agency is looking for effective practices and strategies to improve outcomes for disconnected youth, and for specific legislative and regulatory barriers that inhibit states and localities as they seek to meet the needs of this population. Submissions are due July 31.
Input through this process will help inform the use of fiscal 2013 funding to support performance pilots to serve disconnected youth. The Forum will submit a response on behalf of the Children's Cabinet Network. In particular, the Forum has worked closely with four states - Colorado, Florida, Iowa, and Nevada - and their respective localities to identify policy barriers and to develop performance pilots.
** 2/6/2014 Update: Congress included Performance Partnership Pilots in the fiscal 2014 omnibus spending bill. Get more information and see the official language authorizing Performance Partnership Pilots.