This document offers practical suggestion to assess and improve LEA websites with information on McKinney-Vento rights.
Under the McKinney-Vento Act as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015, every local educational agency (LEA) must designate a liaison for homeless children and youth. Liaisons must be “able to carry out” ten specific duties. 11432(g)(1)(J)(ii). The U.S. Department of Education Non-Regulatory Guidance states that LEAs “should allocate sufficient time for… liaisons to do… Read more »
“None of this work can be done without the law. Maybe we need to give liaisons the words. ‘If you think you need more time for this job, here are the parts of McKinney-Vento and ESSA that back you up.’ We can be great homeless education liaisons, but we can’t do this job without the support of… Read more »
August 31, 2017 The purpose of this letter is to provide an update and reminder to all school districts and charters of key provisions in place to support students displaced by Hurricane Harvey. Please remember that a child whose family has been displaced due to Hurricane Harvey will generally meet the definition of “homeless” under… Read more »
The national Center for Homeless Education (NCHE) has many resources to help school districts, campuses, and local homeless liaisons prepare for and deal with disasters of many kinds, including hurricanes. Access this information at https://nche.ed.gov/ibt/dis_prep.php. You may also contact NCHE’s homeless education helpline with questions or concerns by calling 800.308.2145 or emailing email@example.com.
For those recovering from a disaster, man-made or natural, immediate needs for income and housing may overshadow critical concerns about education of children and youth. However, the needs of displaced students should also be considered. This manual is designed to encourage and assist advocates working with displaced students seeking access to appropriate educational services. As… Read more »
The Office of Safe and Healthy Students has developed a number of resources regarding the U.S. Department of Education’s recently issued “Non-Regulatory Guidance on the Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) Grants” (the Guidance). The SSAE program is authorized under Title IV, Part A of ESSA. Click here to access the Guidance: http://www2.ed.gov/policy/elsec/leg/essa/essassaegrantguid10212016.pdf. The SSAE… Read more »
This document suggests a sample process to resolve disputes related to school selection (best interest) or enrollment for a child in foster care.1 It was developed in consultation with state and local McKinney-Vento experts from around the country. It includes important elements for timely and fair dispute resolution and adheres to the legal requirements of… Read more »
ESSA amended Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act to require that LEAs receiving Title IA funds collaborate with state or local child welfare agencies on local procedures for transportation for students in foster care. ESSA also amended the McKinney-Vento Act to remove the phrase “awaiting foster care placement” from the… Read more »
This document addresses the provisions in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) that create new requirements for the capacity, training and duties of LEA McKinney-Vento liaisons. Federal Guidance offers additional suggestions for implementing those requirements.